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Monday 29 May 2017

Harry into unknown

Harry Redknapp. Pic: PA
Harry Redknapp. Pic: PA

New Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp admits he has dived into the unknown as he bids to keep the club in the Sky Bet Championship.

The former Tottenham manager has agreed to take over until the end of the season - which comes in just 18 days - after Gianfranco Zola quit on Monday.

Blues are three points above the relegation zone after Zola won just two of his 24 games in charge and stepped down after a 2-0 home defeat to Burton.

They go to city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday knowing they could be in the drop zone before kick-off but Redknapp had no hesitation taking the job with three games left.

"Birmingham are a team I've not seen much of, seen nothing of really, they've not been on TV much this year," he said, after returning to club management for the first time in over two years.

"I'm a bit like that, I tend to dive in. It was something I thought 'I'll have a go at that'." "It's a big club and it's a challenge, a big challenge. After I looked at the fixtures I thought it was an even bigger challenge."

"It's not easy. All I can do is try and install some confidence - two wins in 24 games is there for all to see. That has to improve."

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