Birmingham appoint Redknapp as permanent manager


Birmingham appoint Redknapp as permanent manager

Redknapp agrees to become permanent Birmingham manager

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After guiding the second city side to Championship safety, veteran schemer Harry Redknapp has agreed to stay on as manager for next season.

After keeping Birmingham City in the Championship, veteran coach Harry Redknapp has agreed to take over the Blues as manager on a permanent basis.

Redknapp, 70, took charge for Birmingham's final three matches this season following the club's alarming slump down the Championship table during Gianfranco Zola's ill-fated spell.

Under Redknapp, Birmingham lost the Midlands derby to Aston Villa, but victories over Huddersfield Town and Bristol City secured their Championship status for next season.

And Redknapp has now agreed to a one-year deal with Birmingham.

Redknapp's staff to be decided "in due course"

A club statement read: "Just days after memorably guiding Blues to Sky Bet Championship safety, Redknapp has now committed again to the Club.

"Initially he came in on a short-term agreement as Gianfranco Zola's replacement for the final three matches of the season with Blues in a precarious position.

"But two wins from the final two games, culminating in that tense afternoon at Bristol City on Sunday, secured Blues a 19th place finish in the table.

"Redknapp held talks with the Club's owners and Board of Directors this week and finalised the details of his contract last night.

"The composition of Redknapp's backroom team will be revealed in due course."

Redknapp's lengthy managerial career has seen him enjoy spells at Tottenham, West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton and QPR, while his last venture was a two-game stint in charge of Jordan.


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