Harry Redknapp become’s Blues’ third manager of the season, with just 3 games left to play. With a huge game against rivals Villa on Sunday, what better to bring in a manager with experience in surviving the drop?
Zola did the honourable thing and resigned yesterday after the 2-0 defeat to Burton Albion. The board haven’t messed around and brought in yet another high profile name. However, maybe this one can turn the ship around.
Here’s what Harry had to say on his move:
“I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham. “I drove to London, had a meeting for ten to 15 minutes, sat down and said ‘yeah, sure I will come and do it, no problem’. I got home and my wife said: ‘are you mad!'”
Redknapp says he has only agreed to take charge for the rest of the season – and suggested he is not even being paid for his services – but he could extend his stay should he keep the club up.
He will be assisted by former Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill.
“Birmingham is a proper club,” said Redknapp. “It is a good club. They are in a precarious position – we are only three points above the relegation zone and we have got the worst goal difference as well.
“I’ve gone in there and said, ‘listen, I don’t want nothing, I will come and do it’. The money I am not interested in.
“I get fed up sitting around doing nothing. It gets me out the house! “It is a real challenge. I will come and live up here until the end of the season and throw myself into it.
“If I can keep them up then we can sit down and talk about going forward.”
Three points off the trap door, Redknapp will have his work cut out but it’s a job he’s willing to do:
“They are three tough games,” admitted Redknapp. “It is not going to be easy but it is a challenge and I look forward to it.
“Steve Cotterill is going to come in with me. How he is not in work managing I don’t know. He is one of the top coaches I have worked with.
“We will give it everything we have got it, we will throw ourselves into it, and hopefully we will get the win or whatever we need to stay up.
“They have won 2 games out of 22. I ain’t got a magic wand. I ain’t going to go in there and they are suddenly going to turn into Real Madrid.
“If I can get them going and get a bit of belief back in and pick up a win or whatever we need to stay up, that’s all I can do.”
Never a dull moment at Blues, eh?
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