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Harry Redknapp appointed new Birmingham City manager


Birmingham City have announced the appointment of former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp as their new manager.

Gianfranco Zola resigned as Birmingham manager on Monday with the club 20th in the Championship table, three points above the relegation zone.

Birmingham have three games left this season play, with Redknapp’s first match being the second city derby at Aston Villa on Sunday.

They then host fourth-placed Huddersfield Town before travelling to fellow strugglers Bristol City on the final day of the season on May 7.

Redknapp told talkSPORT that he would be at the club until the end of the season and said they “are a proper football club but they are in a precarious position.”

He added: “It’s a real challenge. I’ll live up there until the end of the season, and if I keep them up I’ll sit down and talk about next season.

“It’s not really a risk. They have won two out 22. I haven’t got a magic wand. I’m not going to turn them into Real Madrid.”

Redknapp has been without a managerial job since leaving Queens Park Rangers in February 2015.

He has previously been in charge of Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth — where he won the FA Cup in 2008 — and Southampton.

In 2008, Redknapp was appointed Tottenham boss and was at White Hart Lane for four years, qualifying for the Champions League in 2009-10.

Birmingham dismissed Gary Rowett in December after a 2-1 win over Ipswich that left the club seventh in the table and have since suffered an alarming drop in form under Zola, winning just two of his 22 league games in charge.