Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Redknapp: Saving Birmingham a challenge

Birmingham City have appointed Harry Redknapp as their new manager following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola. The club's supporters chanted for Zola's departure during Monday's 2-0 defeat by Burton, after which he resigned.

Birmingham are now 20th in the Championship, just three points above the relegation zone and they face local rivals Aston Villa on Saturday.

The club confirms the appointment of Redknapp who is the oldest manager in the EFL at the age of 70.

Redknapp, with his 34 years of managerial experience, has subsequently been chosen to rescue them from potential relegation, with Birmingham set to face Midlands rivals Aston Villa this weekend.

Redknapp has guided teams to the promised land of the Premier League on two occasions and Birmingham fans will be hopeful his nous can help their side get over the line.

Redknapp also infamously managed both Southampton and Portsmouth - leading Pompey to an FA Cup Final win in 2008.

"It's not easy. All I can do is try and install some confidence - two wins in 22 games is there for all to see".

He added: "I said to them "if you don't make the play-offs, I don't want any money". It is three games in two weeks, massive games for us, it is a very hard situation we are in but I am looking forward to the challenge.

"I sacked myself", said Zola, who was on a two-and-a-half-year contract. I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations.

"I made a decision to do this".

"Unfortunately the results have not been good and I take full responsibility". All I can do is try and install a bit of confidence in them, and a bit of belief.

'It is not that I like quitting, but Birmingham deserves better.

Birmingham are away at Villa then home to Huddersfield, before ending away at relegation strugglers Bristol City.

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