Harry Redknapp confirmed as Birmingham's new coach

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"The club is delighted to announce that Harry Redknapp is Blues new manager", a Birmingham statement read.

Former Italy worldwide Zola resigned after a 2-0 home defeat to Burton Albion that left Birmingham three points off the relegation zone.

HARRY REDKNAPP has agreed to take charge of Championship strugglers Birmingham City, but admits his wife thinks he is "mad" to accept the job.

The 70-year-old former Tottenham boss takes charge with Birmingham three points above the relegation zone after a dismal four month spell under Zola.

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The crowd at St Andrews chanted angrily for Zola's dismissal during Monday's defeat and Zola said he did not blame them.

He said: "When a team only wins two out of 24, it tells you it's not going to be easy".

Zola faced the press soon after the announcement and he said: "I am sorry because obviously I came here with huge expectations, from the club and myself".

Birmingham is three points above the relegation zone in English football's second tier having been in play-off contention when Zola controversially succeeded Gary Rowett. "I chose to give in my resignation".

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The Bournemouth-based boss jumped at the chance to get back into management at the Championship club after Gianfranco Zola quit.

Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand. "I feel very sorry.it is very, very disappointing" added the Italian. It is my first day, I will meet the lads, I haven't seen them play, I haven't got a magic wand, that's for the sure. We worked with a lot of meaning, but unfortunately it didn't produce the results.

After his first training session, Redknapp said: "Birmingham are not a team that I've seen much of".

Redknapp begins his reign on Sunday in the Midlands derby against rivals Aston Villa as he hopes to make an immediate impact with the Blues.

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