Redknapp Set For Permanent Role

Harry Redknapp has held talks with Birmingham to become their manager on a permanent basis. Birmingham, avoided relegation on the final day of the Championship season.

Redknapp is hoping for a big enough budget to be able to build a squad, worthy of competing at the top end of the table next season. Redknapp was put in charge of Birmingham for the final three games of the season, following the resignation of Gianfrano Zola. Redknapp won two of his three games as manager, equalling the number of victories his predecessor managed in 24 games.

For Birmingham to have a successful season in the next campaign, the owners must invest in the team and back whoever is in charge. Redknapp looks set to become manager on a permanent basis, he has vast managerial experience unlike Zola. Redknapp is capable of turning Birmingham around, he must be backed.

Redknapp stated that the club could not afford to be involved in another relegation scrap next season. He is right, this season should come as a warning to the owners and everyone associated with the club, that things must improve or they will suffer the consequences. More talks are scheduled between Redknapp and Birmingham representatives today. Steve Cotterill and Paul Groves have formed part of Redknapp’s backroom team at Birmingham and he confirmed the pair could also join the club on a permanent basis if talks are successful.

The Championship is a tough league to get out of, Birmingham like many other teams before them have found that out. Next season will be just as tough as this year, there may not be a Newcastle or a Brighton, however there are still quality teams in the division. The likes of Leeds,Aston Villa, those to fall short in the play-offs this season, the teams dropping down from the Premier League in Sunderland, Middlesbrough and one other, will all be fighting for an automatic promotion place.

If Birmingham do not put the right money into the team, the club will be in for another long season.

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