Gianfranco Zola resigned as Birmingham City FC following the defeat by fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion on Monday night. The Italian held the job for 4 months and won only twice in 24 games.
Zola had the following to say “I sacked myself, I decided to give in my resignation”
"I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations. Unfortunately, the results have not been good and I take full responsibility.
"It is not that I like quitting, but Birmingham deserves better. If I feel I cannot help the players, why stay? If I cannot help the team, it is better I leave and let someone else do that.
"I feel very bad and very sorry. We worked with a lot of meaning, but unfortunately it didn't produce the results. It is all very disappointing."
So in comes Harry Redknapp after managing the Jordan national team for two games in March this will be his first full-time managerial job since he left QPR in February 2015.
Harry said “I got a phone call last night at 7 pm from the people of Birmingham,”
Redknapp spoke on Tuesday. “I drove to London and had a 10-15 minute meeting with them and said ‘sure I’ll come and do it’. My wife said to me ‘are you mad or what?’. I get fed up sitting around doing nothing.
“It’s not really a risk [for me]. They’ve won two out of 22. I haven’t got a magic wand, I’m not going to turn them into Real Madrid. If I can just get them going and get a bit of belief back into them and we can pick up a win or whatever we need to stay up – that’s all I can do.”
Harry brings a wealth experience from guiding Portsmouth and QPR to promotion to the premier league and also secured an FA Cup victory with Portsmouth . He picked up the Premier League Manager of the Year award with Tottenham while qualifying them to the Champions league. Redknapp has agreed to take charge for the rest of the season but can extend his stay should he keep the club up. He has a task on his hands with Birmingham not winning a game since February and being three points off the relegation zone they travel to Aston Villa for the derby on Sunday who have suffered two 3-1 defeats in their last two games so will be looking to bounce back with a win.
The remaining fixtures for Redknapp and Birmingham City
Aston Villa (Away)
Bristol City (Away)
Redknapp's Managerial Career
1994-01 West Ham
2016 Jordan National Team