Steve Cotterill named as new Birmingham City assistant manager

Derby County football adviser Harry Redknapp arrives at the stadium for the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County at the American Express Community Stadium Brighton and Hove England on 2 May 2016

Steve Cotterill named as new Birmingham City assistant manager

Harry Redknapp will replace Gianfranco Zola at the Birmingham helm, after the club confirmed his appointment on Tuesday morning.

Birmingham carry all the hallmarks of a club intent on self-destruction, making weird managerial decisions that make no sense - something that Newcastle fans can definitely identify with during the Mike Ashley years. The 2008 FA Cup victor will begin his tenure at the helm against Aston Villa on Sunday 23 April.

After starting out at Bournemouth, Redknapp managed West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur before joining QPR in 2012.

New Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he has not signed any official contract with the club, and that it was not a move motivated by money. I've gone in there, said I will come and do it.

Gianfranco Zola took full responsibility for failing as Birmingham manager after resigning from his role following Monday's 2-0 home loss to Burton.

Redknapp's most recent managerial post was with Jordan.

He previously led QPR to promotion from the Championship via the play-offs in 2014, and Portsmouth as league winners in 2003.

Redknapp, 70, has been out of football for nearly a year, last working with Derby, where he was a football advisor alongside then head coach Darren Wassall. "Now I've got a slightly bigger problem".

"I am sure that he will keep them up", said the Scot, 58. I ain't going to go in there and they are suddenly going to turn into Real Madrid.

"Villa's a tough game to start with, a local derby and it will be great atmosphere".

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.

Redknapp's first match in charge comes at cross-city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday.

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