Zola resigns as Birmingham slip close to drop zone

Gianfranco Zola

Former Italy worldwide Gianfranco Zola has resigned as manager of English Championship Birmingham City after a 2-0 home defeat by Burton Albion left them three points off the relegation zone.

The Blues have picked up just 16 points out of a possible 66 in Zola's time in charge.

When predecessor Gary Rowett was sacked in December, Blues were seventh and only out of the play-off places only on goal difference.

"If we can keep them up then we can sit down and talk about moving forward".

Redknapp has been involved in football since 1958, and has managed Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton, Tottenham, QPR and Jordan, and has also taken in two stints at Portsmouth, where he won the FA Cup. I got home and my wife said: 'are you mad!'

Great to see Harry Redknapp back in football managementNot an easy gig keeping Birmingham City up. We will give it everything we have got it, we will throw ourselves into it, and hopefully we will get the win or whatever we need to stay up.

"It is three games in two weeks, massive games for us, it is a very hard situation we are in but I am looking forward to the challenge", Redknapp said on Wednesday. "It wasn't a case of signing a contract for three weeks, I shook hands and said I would do it, no problem".

"I drove to London, had a meeting and sat down with them".

On Sunday, Birmingham travel to arch rivals Aston Villa for his first game, followed by clashes with Huddersfield and Bristol City that will decide his new team's fate.

The Blues would start the game at Villa Park in the bottom three.

"They are very tough games", he added. After I said yes I looked at the fixtures and thought it's an even bigger challenge than I thought it was. I am the first one to be disappointed with the results.

"I have got a bonus".

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