Zola resigns as Birmingham slip close to drop zone

Gianfranco Zola

Gianfranco Zola

Birmingham City's new manager Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp's brief does not now extend beyond ensuring safety, but if he can achieve that, next season is an enticing prospect for the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham boss.

Gianfranco Zola has resigned as Birmingham City manager following Monday's home defeat by fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion.

Redknapp, with his 34 years of managerial experience, has subsequently been chosen to rescue them from potential relegation, with Birmingham set to face Midlands rivals Aston Villa this weekend.

The club have now confirmed that Redknapp, who at the age of 70 is the oldest manager in the EFL, has replaced Zola, who won just twice in 22 league matches.

Zola was appointed by Birmingham's owners, Chinese firm Trillion Trophy Asia Limited, two days after the departure of Rowett, with the club lying seventh in the table.

The club has now turned to Redknapp until the end of the season, with Steve Cotterill also joining the coaching staff.

"I've got to install some confidence in the players". I've gone in there, said I'll do it. "Wigan and Blackburn have still got a big chance, so we're going to need some points from somewhere, starting if we can on Sunday".

"Unfortunately the results have not been good and I take full responsibility". "I drove to London and had a 10-15 minute meeting with them and said "sure I'll come and do it".

"If they don't stay up then obviously... you know". "The club's position is not secure and they are frustrated and I can understand their feelings".

"I got fed up sitting around doing nothing", Redknapp said about his decision to get back into soccer. I've gone in there, said I will come and do it. It is three games in two weeks, massive games for us, it is a very hard situation we are in but I am looking forward to the challenge.

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