Birmingham City have acted swiftly to replace Gianfranco Zola, the Italian resigning after yesterday’s 2-0 home loss to Burton Albion, appointing Harry Redknapp in his place.

Zola’s resignation, in charge for only four months and winning only two of his 24 games in charge, has been swiftly acted upon by the Blues with the appointment of much respected Redknapp whose last managerial appointment at club level was as boss of QPR, where he managed for 105 games between November 2012 and February 2015.

The Poplar-born 70-year-old joins Birmingham from his role as advisor to A-League side Central Coast Mariners, who he joined on July 1 last year after performing a similar role at Derby County.

Redknapp’s first game in charge for 20th-, relegation-threatened Birmingham, who are only three points from safety, will be a baptism of fire in a clash against Midlands rivals Aston Villa away at Villa Park.

News of Redknapp’s appointment has been met with a mixture of thoughts from a selection of fans.

Redknapp appointed manager by Birmingham – opinions varied

This guy seems happy enough at the appointment.

And in fairness so does this guy.

This Nottingham Forest fan thinks that Redknapp will have an effect at his side’s detriment.

Ex-Portsmouth goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown extends his warmest wishes to his former boss, thanking him also for the chance that he gave him.

Sally is another fan that seems pleased with the appointment.

This Blues fan also seems pleased.

However, there is a serious amount of mickey-taking going on from a wide range of fans.

Starting with this one and a dig at Redknapp signing up old players.

It seems to be a common theme that is developing amongst football fans.

And a common theme that is developing.


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