Harry Redknapp Says ‘Every Chance’ Birmingham Might Be Last Job After Sacking


Following his sacking at Birmingham City, Harry Redknapp says there is “every chance” his managerial career is over.

The 70-year-old was fired after the Blues lost at home to Preston, leaving them in 23rd position in the table with just one win from their first eight games.

“I doubt very much whether it will happen again now,” said Redknapp.

“I’m a realist. If I could help someone somewhere, help a young manager, I’d love that. I did it at Derby with Darren Wassall and had a great time.”

Redknapp helped Birmingham avoid relegation at the end of last season, leading them to two consecutive victories to stay up on the final day of the season.

“They’ve got a squad that is probably as good as they have had for a long time. I still feel they are capable of challenging for the play-offs,” said the former Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham and QPR boss.

“I genuinely believe they have seven forward players who are as good as any in the Championship, who unfortunately haven’t been playing because of injury.

He added, “They are going to be fantastic players, Premier League players for sure, hopefully with Birmingham one day.”

Redknapp acknowledged the support of the Blues’ supporters who he says “deserved success”.

“I’m sure there are great times ahead. I wish the club every success. Given time, we would have turned it round but whoever goes in is going to take over a good group,” he said.

“I feel more sorry for the other lads in the lower leagues who lost their jobs,” he said, on Gary Caldwell and Michael Brown, who both also left their positions at Chesterfield and Port Vale respectively.

“It’s difficult to get back on the ladder for them, whereas I have been lucky enough to have been on that ladder and had a great time.”

Birmingham had a busy summer, signing 14 players, but four joined on deadline day.

“I took over a team that got out of trouble on the last day of last season, they’d had two wins out of 25, they weren’t good enough. It needed change,” he said.

“But unfortunately, I couldn’t get the players in that I was after and it went down to deadline week before I got a big influx.

“Then it was six players making their debut on one day, then three games in that week, so even working on the training ground was difficult.

“It’s a shame I didn’t have the chance to see it through but time is something you don’t get an awful lot of.”


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