Plenty of supporters on Harry Redknapp's side as Birmingham announce his departure

Harry Redknapp And Birmingham City Have “Parted Ways”

Harry Redknapp And Birmingham City Have “Parted Ways”

Last season the former QPR manager, who hadn't been seen as a manager in this country since his spell there ended because of a knee injury- with the club in a awful position, took over from Birmingham to keep them up.

The 70-year-old former Tottenham boss was brought in on a rescue mission at the end of last season and succeeded in keeping Blues in the Championship. He had been in charge at St Andrew's for only 13 matches.

"The club has tonight parted company with manager Harry Redknapp", a statement from the club read.

Redknapp's side had not won since August 12 and the 3-1 defeat at home to Preston was their fifth in a row in the league, with another in the cup.

Speaking after the loss to Preston but before his departure was announced, Redknapp told BBC WM 95.6: "Fans deserve better and that was my motivation to carry on this season".

Despite signing 14 players during the summer transfer window, Birmingham have managed just one win from six games this time around.

Lee Carsley has been appointed as caretaker manager, stepping up from his role with the development squad.

"I had to do well this year but I would have stayed because I loved it there, absolutely loved my time there".

When Gary Rowett was sacked in December, Blues had been seventh in the table, outside the play-off places only on goal difference, but they narrowly survived relegation on the final day thanks to a 1-0 win at Bristol City.

However, despite an influx of players in the close season, Birmingham suffered a sixth successive defeat and have just four points from eight league matches.

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