Can Redknapp save Brum?

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Can Redknapp save the Blues?

Harry Redknapp has taken over as Birmingham boss following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola - with his first match in charge the derby date with Aston Villa.

Zola resigned following their 2-0 defeat to Burton Albion.

The clash was billed as pivotal in the Blues’ quest to beat the drop but goals from former Blues player Lloyd Dyer and Lucas Akins condemned Zola’s side to another defeat.

The manager was appointed in December after the Blues hierarchy dispensed of Gary Rowett with the club on the verge of the play-offs.

Redknapp, the 70-year-old former Tottenham and QPR boss, takes over with the Blues three points above the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone and just three games remaining.

However, he has vast experience as a football manager having managed seven English clubs.

After starting at Bournemouth in 1983, he took charge of West Ham, Portsmouth (twice), Southampton, Tottenham, QPR and then Birmingham after a short spell as boss of Jordan’s national team. He also worked for Derby as a football advisor in 2016.

He claimed the Division One title in his first spell at Portsmouth in the 2002-03 campaign. Redknapp then won the Sky Bet Championship play-off final with QPR in 2014.

In 1984, Redknapp won his first piece of silverware with Bournemouth. They beat Hull in the Football League Trophy final. He later went on to win the Third Division title with the Cherries in the 1986-87 season.

He steered Portsmouth to FA Cup victory over Cardiff in the final at Wembley in May 2008 and was named Premier League Manager of the Season in 2010 after guiding Tottenham to fourth place.

Redknapp will bring Steve Cotterill to the club as part of his staff. Cotterill, 52, left Bristol City in January 2016 after two years in charge.

He was part of Redknapp's coaching staff at QPR in the 70-year-old's most recent managerial role.

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