Harry Redknapp tasked with keeping Birmingham up

Harry Redknapp has been appointed as the new of Championship Birmingham City, replacing Gianfranco Zola – who left the club on Monday.

Zola was controversially appointed as Blues boss earlier this season with the club sitting on the brink of the play-offs under Gary Rowett.

The Italian endured a torrid spell in charge with just two wins in 24 games, with the final match being a defeat to Burton Albion – which has seen the club pulled into relegation trouble.

“I sacked myself. I decided to give in my resignation,” said Zola.

“I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations. Unfortunately, the results have not been good and I take full responsibility.”

Birmingham are sat just three points above the relegation zone and they firmly believe that Redknapp is the man to keep them up.

“I had a meeting with them and told them yeah I would do it, they are in a precarious position,” he told TalkSport.

“I have said I will come and do it, I said I fancied it – I will do it until the end of the season and if we stay up we can talk about it at the end of the season.

“We have three very tough games until the end of the season.”

Redknapp also confirmed that Steve Cotterill will be coming in with him and said: “We will give it our best go.”

bet365 make Birmingham 10/3 to be relegated. There are just two more places to be decided with Rotherham already down. Currently Wigan and Blackburn occupy those spots and are listed at 1/40 and 4/6 respectively.

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