Blues give Harry the boot

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

VET­ERAN man­ager Harry Red­knapp was sacked by sec­ond- tier Birm­ing­ham City on Satur­day af­ter a 3- 1 home de­feat by Pre­ston North End, just his 13th game in charge.

The 70- year- old, whose coach­ing ca­reer has in­cluded Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Portsmouth, was briefly hailed as a saviour af­ter he kept Birm­ing­ham in the di­vi­sion last term hav­ing taken over af­ter a dis­as­trous spell in charge by Ital­ian Gian­franco Zola.

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

“I am dis­ap­pointed. It’s been dif­fi­cult, I have had one week with a new team and new play­ers, one week,” Red­knapp told the Birm­ing­ham Mail. “It’s not an ex­cuse but to­day I had three of the for­wards miss­ing who I would have picked, prob­a­bly the three most ex­cit­ing play­ers in all hon­esty.”

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