Redknapp back in English soccer as manager of Birmingham

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Birmingham City's new manager Harry Redknapp.

"The players have put in the club in the position they're in - you can blame who you like, they've obviously not performed", said the ex-Portsmouth, West Ham and Tottenham boss.

The side are now lying 20th in the SkyBet Championship, 3 points above the relegation zone after Monday's disappointing 2-0 defeat to Burton Albion.

There are just three fixtures of the Sky Bet Championship season remaining, and Birmingham have now called on Harry Redknapp to guide them to safety.

The 50-year-old Italian, who took up the reins in December following the controversial sacking of Gary Rowett, faced the media after the match to express his sorrow that he could not fulfil the club's expectations.

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More recently, Redknapp was briefly in charge of Jordan for two World Cup qualifiers previous year and was also working as an advisor to Derby County last season. It is not going to be easy but it is a challenge and I look forward to it. "We need at least one win to be safe".

But Redknapp is not convinced it will be possible to have an immediate impact in the way many pundits would have you believe. "I drove to London and had a 10-15 minute meeting with them and said "sure I'll come and do it".

"The other teams [near the relegation zone] are going to win some games, I've got no doubts about that", Redknapp said.

Now, less than 24 hours later, Birmingham have named their third manager of the season in Redknapp, 70, who was last seen managing the Jordan national team - for two games - previous year. "They're always hard, but I'm ready for it". It is a good club. They have won two out of 22.

Birmingham are away at Villa then home to Huddersfield, before ending away at relegation strugglers Bristol City.

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