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Redknapp Verbally Agrees To One-year Birmingham City Deal

Harry Redknapp has verbally agreed to a one-year-deal as Birmingham City manager, after taking temporary charge for the final three games of the 2016-17 campaign.

The 70-year-old travelled to Birmingham on Tuesday to speak to the St Andrew Club’s Chinese Owners and later told Sky Sports News HQ that he would take the job if they were able to invest more money to improve the playing squad.

Redknapp requires more financial backing in order for the Blues to compete in the top half of the Sky Bet Championship and avoid fighting relegation.

The former Tottenham and West Ham manager helped save Birmingham from relegation by winning two of the last three games, which equalled the number of victories his predecessor Gianfranco Zola managed during his 22 game spell.

Birmingham City defender Ryan Shotton admitted the arrival of Redknapp and his assistant Steve Cotterill had been decisive in saving the team from the drop.

“Him (Redknapp) and Steve (Cotterill) have been brilliant from the moment they came in,” Shotton said.

“They lifted everybody and I think without them it would have been ten times harder.

“It was a case of getting the confidence back.

“We’d had four months where we’d only won two games in 24 and the lads just couldn’t get going.

“They didn’t feel we were fit enough and sharp enough in the training that we did.

“He just came in and made it shorter and sharper and intense to get our physical battling back, but with three games left they had a massive job to get us going.”

Redknapp who is happy at Birmingham and never hid the fact he’d like to take the job on a permanent basis told reporters: “It’s a fantastic club, the owners are nice, good people. Having met them I was really impressed. I have got to be interested.

“We are looking to go foward and improve the team a little bit. Obviously you don’t want to go through another year like this year, do you? That’s no good to anybody is it?

There is no official news from the club, but as talks continue today, it’s looking likely an announcement will be made by the end of the week.

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