Harry Redknapp And Birmingham City Have "Parted Ways"

Harry Redknapp And Birmingham City Have “Parted Ways”

Before signing a one-year extension in May, Redknapp, who has also managed Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Southampton during a long and successful career, had worked without payment.

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

The 70-year-old took charge of the club with three games remaining last term, winning the final two games to avoid relegation on the final day.

But despite investing heavily in new players over the last few months, Birmingham have chose to axe the 70-year-old after six successive defeats, which sees them sitting second from bottom of the Championship.

There will be no further comment at this time.

Birmingham signed 14 players during the summer transfer window, but six defeats from their first eight league games in 2017-18 saw Redknapp become the first managerial casualty of the Championship season.

Lee Carsley, Blues' head professional development coach, will step in as caretaker manager.

Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Preston was the final straw and Redknapp finds himself out of work once again.

Speaking after the Preston game, but before learning his fate, Redknapp said his team had "disintegrated" against Preston. "There is a team waiting to gel but we have suffered several injuries to key players", he said. "I would love to be the manager to bring some success to Birmingham".

"I am disappointed. It's been hard, I have had one week with a new team and new players, one week", he told the Birmingham Mail.

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