Harry Redknapp sends message to Birmingham: Stay up or I walk

Jane Richards
April 19, 2017

Redknapp has taken the reins just hours after Gianfranco Zola's resignation, which followed Monday's 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Championship relegation rivals Burton Albion.

He took charge of Jordan for two World Cup qualifiers past year, and also worked as an advisor to Derby County last season.

'The Club is delighted to announce that Harry Redknapp is Blues new manager, ' read a statement released on the club's website on Tuesday.

The vastly experienced Redknapp has agreed to replace Gianfranco Zola, who resigned on Monday.

Redknapp, 70, has managed at Tottenham and a host of clubs and will have the job of guiding them to safety.

Birmingham now sit three points above the relegation zone ahead of fixtures with Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town and Bristol City respectively.

After starting out at Bournemouth, Redknapp managed West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur before joining QPR in 2012.

"I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations", Zola said.

"It is a very hard situation we are in but I am looking forward to it. Villa away then Huddersfield, who are certainly in the best three teams in the division, then Bristol City who have had form away so it can't be much tougher. I haven't seen them play, I will be truthful with you", he said.

Blues, who were seventh in December when Rowett was sacked, went on to win just two of their 24 matches during Zola's four-month tenure.

"If they don't stay up then obviously... you know". I wasn't interested in the money.

He also worked with the Jordan national team for two games.

"I drove to London and had a meeting of about 10 to 15 minutes with them and said: 'I'll come and do it'".

"I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham", he said.

It was with Portsmouth that Redknapp enjoyed arguably his greatest success when they won the 2008 FA Cup. "It gets me out the house!" If I can not help the team, it is better I leave and let someone else do that.

Their final three matches are trips to Aston Villa and Bristol City plus a home match against play-off hopefuls Huddersfield Town.

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