HARRY Redknapp admits he can’t turn Birmingham into Real Madrid – but is confident he will keep them in the Championship.
That’s the task facing the oldest manager in the league, and he’s relishing the latest challenge of his colourful career.
Zapsportz friend Harry decided to take on the task of rescuing the Blues after another Gianfranco Zola managerial disaster.
The Italian, one of the nicest men in football, resigned and so left the position open to a man with almost unequalled experience.
Birmingham should never have got shot of Gary Rowett in the first place.
Blues are 20th in the table, three points above the relegation zone with three games left, and travel to local rivals Aston Villa on Sunday. They were eight h when the dumped Rowett!
So now they turn to a man who has been round the block more times than a London taxi – and he can’t wait to put his stamp on what he describes as ‘a proper football club’.
Maybe that was the case back in the day, but since the foreign owners took over, it’s a whole new ball game. As with so many clubs.
Blues are 20th in the table, three points above the relegation zone with three games left, and travel to local rivals Aston Villa on Sunday. The sort of start Harry will relish.
He will get the best out of under-performing players and instil a level of confidence and desire previously lacking.
No disrespect to Zola but motivating players was clearly not his forte.
Probably the reason why the Birmingham board have turned to old hand Harry who said in typical Redknapp parlons: “”My wife said to me ‘are you mad or what?’ but I get fed up sitting around doing nothing.”
As quoted on the BBC Sport website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39628280 – 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. We need a win.”