Redknapp leaves Birmingham after sixth straight defeat

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The veteran manager has been sacked by Birmingham City after just eight Championship games this season.

Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Preston was the ex-West Ham and QPR boss' final match in charge of the Blues.

The 70-year-old, whose coaching career has included Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth, was briefly hailed as a saviour after he kept Birmingham in the division last term having taken over following a disastrous spell in charge by Italian Gianfranco Zola.

"I made the players aware at half-time that I expected more from them in the second half", Preston boss Alex Neil said. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. I didn't get the players in I was after in pre-season and suddenly I have got a load of players in.

Although after making 14 signings over the summer, including signing Jota from Brentford for a club record fee, some are wondering whether firing Redknapp was the smartest decision.

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"I got the response I wanted and I could not have asked any more".

"And I still felt that given time I would have given them a team that would have been challenging for promotion, I had no doubt about that".

Birmingham also tried to sign John Terry but lost out to rivals Aston Villa despite offering higher wages. "I would love to be the manager to bring some success to Birmingham".

"I am not an idiot, I am not a silly person who goes around saying things, I think I have been round long enough".

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