Manager Redknapp leaves Birmingham


There's a lot of sympathy out there for Harry Redknapp this evening.

But, after their home defeat to Preston North End made it six consecutive losses in all competitions, it was announced that Redknapp would not be seeing out the one-year contract he signed in the summer.

The one time candidate for the England manager's job leaves the former Premier League club second bottom of the Championship with only Bolton Wanderers below them.

The 70-year-old former Tottenham boss was brought in on a rescue mission at the end of last season and succeeded in keeping Blues in the Championship.

"Blues have parted company with manager Harry Redknapp", read a terse statement form the club.

We thank him for all his efforts and wish him good luck for the future.

Redknapp spent around £20million on new recruits in the summer and broke the club's transfer record to buy Jota from Brentford for £6.5m.

However, despite an influx of players in the close season, Birmingham suffered a sixth successive defeat and have just four points from eight league matches.

He said: "I thought we played well first half, I only asked them to do exactly the same in the second half as what we did first".

"It's not an excuse but today I had three of the forwards missing who I would have picked, probably the three most exciting players in all honesty".

"I had to do well this year but I would have stayed because I loved it there, absolutely loved my time there".