New Birmingham City head coach Harry Redknapp has admitted to the Birmingham Mail that he barely knows anything about the team he has been appointed to manage.
There were many people that were linked to the Birmingham job after Gianfranco Zola resigned as head coach following a disastrous reign which saw the club turn into a side battling against relegation after initially trying to get into the Sky Bet Championship play-offs at the start of the season. However everyone was shocked when former Tottenham manager Redknapp ended up getting the job, two years after he last took to the touchline.
And while many fans were excited to get a manager who still has one of the best reputations in the game despite his break from managing, some have wondered how much he knew about the Birmingham squad going into this. And there will be plenty worrying after Redknapp admitted he knows very little of the team as he hasn’t seen them play this season.
He said: “Birmingham are a team I’ve not see much of, seen nothing of really, they’ve not been on TV much this year,”
“It’s a big club and it’s a challenge, a big challenge. After I looked at the fixtures I thought it was an even bigger challenge.
“It’s not easy. All I can do is try and install some confidence – two wins in 24 games is there for all to see. That has to improve.”
Redknapp is being thrown straight into the deep end as well as his first game will be the Second City derby match against Aston Villa.