Birmingham City Appoint Harry Redknapp

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 18 April 2017, 09:41

Harry Redknapp has returned to the dugout for his ninth stint in the managerial arena after he was surprisingly named as the new manager of Birmingham City.

It's unknown whether Redknapp's contract is until the end of the season, or longer.

Gianfranco Zola resigned from his post on Monday in the aftermath of the club's dismal 2-0 defeat at home to relegation rivals Burton Albion, bringing to an end a truly shocking four month spell at St Andrew's.

Now, less than 24 hours later, Birmingham have named their third manager of the season in Redknapp, 70, who was last seen managing the Jordan national team - for two games - last year.

Redknapp has only three games to save Birmingham from the dreaded drop out of the Championship, with the defeat to Burton leaving the free falling Blues three points above the relegation zone.

Redknapp's first match in charge is away to Birmingham's fierce local rivals Aston Villa on Sunday lunchtime, with the teams clashing at Villa Park in the Second City derby. What incredible timing.

It's worth mentioning that the veteran gaffer has previously suffered relegation with Bournemouth, Southampton and most recently QPR...Birmingham are priced at 4/1 (Sky Bet) to turn that trio into a quadruple.

Birmingham's Remaining Fixtures

  • Aston Villa (a)
  • Huddersfield (h)
  • Bristol City (a)