Birmingham sack Harry Redknapp after six straight defeats

Birmingham sack Harry Redknapp after six straight defeats

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.

Today, in his last game in charge, the former Spurs manager oversaw a 3-1 home loss against Preston North End and they've only won once in the first eight games, against Bristol City.

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

A Blues statement said: "Unfortunately due to the poor start to the campaign which sees the club second from bottom of the Championship, we are left with no choice but to terminate the contract of the manager with immediate effect".

We thank him for all his efforts and wish him good luck for the future.

There's a lot of sympathy out there for Harry Redknapp this evening.

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There will be no further comment at this time.

Redknapp - who embarked on a rebuilding programme at City over the summer, which included the club-record signing of Jota - took over after Gianfranco Zola's disastrous reign last season.

Speaking after the Preston game, which saw Daniel Johnson, Jordan Hugill and Tom Barkhuizen reply to Maxime Colin's opener, Redknapp insisted he was still up for the fight.

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

He said: "I thought we played well first half, I only asked them to do exactly the same in the second half as what we did first".

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

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