Harry Redknapp has been sacked from Birmingham City just eight games into the Sky Bet Championship season, admitting that the Blues could be his last job.
Redknapp who’s had a long and winding managerial career that started in the backroom of Bournemouth, has ended in a whimper at St Andrew’s the home of Birmingham City.
The second city club sit second bottom of England’s second division, eight games played with only four points collected. A win against Bristol City and a draw against Bolton Wanderers are the only points that Redknapp and his men had picked up.
Redknapp did a wonderful job saving the club last season from relegation, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss had predicted that this time around he could take the club back to the playoffs. He brought in 14 new players, while shipping the same amount out. With that big turnaround of players, came big questions of whether he could get the squad settled in time. While Redknapp remained positive, the club’s hierarchy obviously felt the opposite and decided to part company with the 70 year old after last Saturday’s defeat to Preston North End.
After his sacking Redknapp told the Birmingham Mail: “What can you do? It takes time to build a football team, not one week. I didn’t get the players in I was after in pre-season and suddenly I have got a load of players in. A lot of the targets I was after I couldn’t get over the line.
“And I still felt that given time I would have given them a team that would have been challenging for promotion, I had no doubt about that. Maybe not this year but over the next two years I would have got promotion.
“I had to do well this year but I would have stayed because I loved it there, absolutely loved my time there.
“I am not an idiot, I am not a silly person who goes around saying things, I think I have been round long enough. With those young forwards that are there now, going forward the future for Birmingham is exciting.
“When you get Jota on the field with Isaac Vassell with Che Adams, with Sam Gallagher, with Jeremie Boga, that’s as exciting a forward line as there will be in that division.”
As well as Redknapp’s annoyance of not getting the players in he wanted, he also blamed poor results on constant injuries.
After his sacking by Birmingham, Redknapp has had a 34 year managerial career, and has hinted that it might be time for him to retire.
Redknapp said: “I doubt very much whether it will happen again now. I’m a realist. If I could help someone somewhere, help a young manager, I’d love that. I did it at Derby with Darren Wassall and had a great time.
“It’s a shame I didn’t have the chance to see it through but time is something you don’t get an awful lot of.
“I feel sorrier for the other lads in the lower leagues who lost their jobs. It’s difficult to get back on the ladder for them, whereas I have been lucky enough to have been on that ladder and had a great time.”