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Redknapp claims innocence for Birmingham’s overspending, deduction

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Harry Redknapp claims that he is not at all responsible for the nine-point recently handed to Birmingham City as punishment for “breaching profitability and sustainability rules” in the EFL Championship.

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Despite managing the club for five months, from April to September 2017 — a period in which the Blues signed nine new players (six for transfer fees, three on free transfers) and saw the overall wage bill continue to rise — Redknapp has washed his hands of the entire situation and believes “I don’t think any of the signings were mine” — quotes from the Guardian:

“There were three lads from Brentford that came in [Jota, Harlee Dean and Maxime Colin]. They were all good players but they weren’t on my shopping list. I’d never even see any of them play, they were brought in by other people above my head.

“We brought in Isaac Vassell for $1.3 million [from Luton] and he will be worth massive money in my opinion. He was an absolute bargain, but I can’t even take credit for that because he was nothing to do with me, to be truthful. I don’t think any of the signings were mine. I was taking [John] Ruddy on a free transfer from Norwich and instead they brought in David Stockdale from Brighton. The director of football [Jeff Vetere] wasn’t brought in by me either.”

Only, with regard to the signing of Spanish midfielder Jota, Redknapp had the following to say hours before his signing was made official, per Guardian columnist Daniel Taylor:

“I’m hoping it will be done. It’s not done yet. I just identify them, then it’s up to other people to get them in.”

[thinking-face emoji slash upside down smiling emoji]

While Redknapp is hugely disingenuous in accepting zero responsibility, those in charge of the various clubs at which he has run up massive debts managed could try something entirely new: tell the man, “No.”

Report: Redknapp gave Birmingham players extra snarky goodbye

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Harry Redknapp‘s rarely been mistaken for a reserved or humble manager, and the Birmingham City made sure to fire off a parting shot in his locker room before being fired on Saturday.

The Blues had just finished another drop zone performance under Redknapp, who brought in 14 new players this summer, losing 3-1 at home to Preston North End.

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Knowing it was probably the end of the line — and also noting that The Sun often deals in the salacious — the idea that Redknapp issued the following Don Rickles-like line in the dressing room is too good to pass up:

“I won’t be here next week. It’s been a pleasure to work with half of you.”

I mean, who wouldn’t want to employ a man capable of such awesome team-first, me-second vibes?

Redknapp’s comments in the media address the unlikelihood that he’ll find a new managerial gig moving forward, even proffering to help a younger manager. He also blamed injuries for the club’s predicament.

It’s hard not to find your inner snark monster when discussing Redknapp, and we have to wonder how many young managers really want ‘Arry waiting in the wings, well-positioned to slide into the hot seat helping out.

Birmingham City cans Harry Redknapp

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Harry Redknapp said it wouldn’t be a problem for Birmingham City to finish in the Top Six of this season’s Football League Championship.

Maybe it won’t, but it’s not going to happen under the watch of the gabby Englishman.

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Redknapp, 70, has been fired by Birmingham after another loss, this time a home 3-1 embarrassment against Alex Neil‘s red-hot Preston North End.

Birmingham’s four points are second-bottom in the Championship, and two back of the final safety spot currently held by Sunderland.

Lee Carsley takes over on an interim basis, and will look to sort out a side that landed 14 new players this summer.

Now we wait for the inevitable posts inexplicably linking him to Premier League jobs.

Redknapp has surgery to remove tumor

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Former Tottenham manager and current Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp has had surgery to remove a tumor in his bladder and has been given the all-clear by doctors.

Redknapp said that tests confirmed the tumor was not malignant, for which he said “I know I am fortunate.”

“I could feel it in my body – I knew it wasn’t right. This is the first time I’ve been properly worried,” the 70-year-old said, saying that his wife Sandra was the one to convince him to see a doctor after he noticed the problem.

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Redknapp has had issues with his health before. He had double knee replacement in 2015, forcing him away from his job in charge of Queens Park Rangers.

The former Spurs and West Ham boss took charge of Birmingham City in April after the departure of Gianfranco Zola, with the club in danger of relegation from the Championship. He took the job with the risk of no pay if he could not save the club from the drop, but instead the club stayed up and Redknapp signed on for the new season.

Redknapp recruiting Terry to B’ham: “We’ve made him a good offer”

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It was always going to be Harry Redknapp, wasn’t it? How could all of us have been so blind to not see it coming?

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Of course it would be Redknapp, world football’s champion wheeler-dealer, who’d try to extend John Terry‘s career by signing this summer. As soon as the 70-year-old (that’s Redknapp, to be clear) was confirmed as Birmingham City manager for next season, we should have seen this coming.

Harry Redknapp wants to sign 36-year-old John Terry to come play for him in the Championship next season. You’re angry at yourself for not having the foresight, too.

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Anyway, here’s the former Bournemouth, West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and Jordan national team (that’s not fake) manager on the “good offer” he’s extended to Terry, and his main recruiting pitch — essentially, “I mean, why not, right?” — quotes from the Guardian:

“I’d love to have him at the football club. He’s a fantastic captain and great leader. We’ve made him a good offer and we have done the best we can. It’s up to John now, but we would love him at Birmingham.

“He played for me the other week in Michael Carrick’s testimonial. I had John at the back with Jamie Carragher and I would have them two together all day long. They were fantastic.

“I had a chat with him and said to him: ‘Come in’ — he’s doing his coaching badges — ‘have a year or two,’ and who knows what he wants to do in the future?”

The only people not actively rooting for this to happen wear blue and white every Saturday and live in the West Midlands of England.