Redknapp: I would’ve taken Birmingham up
Harry Redknapp believes he would’ve taken Birmingham back to the Premier League inside two years had be been given time to gel his new-look squad together at St. Andrew’s.
Redknapp, who spent just five months as Blues boss after taking over in April 2017 as the club faced the possibility of relegation, saw his time come to an end following his side’s 3-1 defeat at Preston - their sixth straight defeat in all competitions.
Birmingham had brought in 14 new additions over the summer, but the mass change brought expectation over patience, as Redknapp was sacked on Saturday evening despite having the utmost confidence they were preparing for a promotion push in the near future.
"What can you do?" he told the Birmingham Mail. "It takes time to build a football team, not one week. I didn't get the players in I was after in pre-season and suddenly I have got a load of players in. A lot of the targets I was after I couldn't get over the line.
"And I still felt that given time I would have given them a team that would have been challenging for promotion, I had no doubt about that. Maybe not this year but over the next two years I would have got promotion.
"I had to do well this year but I would have stayed because I loved it there, absolutely loved my time there.
"I am not an idiot, I am not a silly person who goes around saying things, I think I have been round long enough. With those young forwards that are there now, going forward the future for Birmingham is exciting.
"When you get Jota on the field with Isaac Vassell with Che Adams, with Sam Gallagher, with Jeremie Boga, that's as exciting a forward line as there will be in that division."
Currently second-bottom in the Championship, they travel to Derby County next weekend, before hosting Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.
Aitor Karanka is the Bookies’ early favourite for the job, currently priced at 6/4, while Steve Cotterill (7/2) and Lee Carsley (4/1) are also said to be in the frame.