Harry Redknapp’s short tenure as Birmingham manager ended on this day in 2017 after the club reacted to a terrible start to the new season.
Redknapp was recruited at the end of 2016/17 with a goal of keeping the Blues in the Championship, a feat he managed with victories over Huddersfield and Bristol City in the last two games.
But after receiving the funds to rebuild the squad over the summer, the 70-year-old oversaw a run of six straight defeats with a 3-1 home loss to Preston and convinced the board to cancel his contract.
It was only his 13th game in charge and Redknapp left claiming he was well placed to lead Birmingham back into the Premier League – had he been given more time.
“I’m disappointed. It was difficult because I had a week with a new team and new players. A week,” said Redknapp, who spent £14m on 20 players during the transfer window.
“It takes time to build a football team, not a week. And I still felt that over time I would have given them a team that would have been a challenge for promotion, I had no doubt about that.
He ended a 34-year management career that began at Bournemouth in 1983 and has enjoyed successful spells at West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham among his seven clubs – plus two games as manager of Jordan national team.
He guided the Hammers to fifth place in the Premier League, won an Intertoto Cup and qualified for the UEFA Cup, all while giving his senior debut to the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Redknapp’s nephew Frank Lampard .
He rose to the Premier League in his first spell at Portsmouth and won an FA Cup in his second, both sides of a stint with fierce rivals Southampton, and led Spurs from relegation threat under Juande Ramos to consistent European qualification and a Champions league League quarter finals. There he was named Premier League Manager of the Year for the 2009/10 season.
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