Birmingham City have now officially confirmed that manager Harry Redknapp has signed a new one-year contract with the club. As was touted all across the media in recent days, it has now been publically revealed by the St Andrews club.
The football manager veteran successfully guided the club to Championship survival in his three matches in charge. Victories over Huddersfield Town and Bristol City proved to be enough to ensure they stayed up and Blackburn Rovers went down.
The former Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Portsmouth boss held discussions with the board and club directors earlier in the week. It is likely that he wanted certain assurances before committing his future to the club. He wants to challenge for promotion and is now likely to be given certain funds to try and make that dream a reality.
After the disastrous tenure of Gianfranco Zola, Redknapp brought life and energy back into the club, as well as belief. They ended the season on a high and shall certainly be looking to begin the new campaign in just as much of a positive fashion. Steve Cotterill and Paul Groves assisted Redknapp during those three games in charge, but his backroom team will officially be confirmed in the coming days.
Birmingham ended the season in 19th place, which certainly was not their goal prior to the start of the season. Prior to Gary Rowett being sacked, the Blues were challenging for the play-offs, and pretty much with all of the players Redknapp has available to him. That fact will give him plenty of encouragement, knowing that these players have it within them to compete higher up the table. Replicating some consistency over the season will be a priority if promotion is to be achievable.