Former Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that the club overruled his plan to sign current Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper John Ruddy, during his tenure of the West Midlands club.
After keeping Blues up on the final day of the 2016/17 season, Redknapp made a total of 14 summer signings, that he hoped would turn the club’s fortunes around in the following campaign.
The club are currently facing a 12-point deduction after breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, with many laying the blame on Redknapp and his failure to control his summer spending last season.
But after denying all responsibility of the club’s mishaps of late, Redknapp has also revealed that his plans to sign goalkeeper John Ruddy from Norwich City on a free transfer was overlooked by the club, with the club bringing in Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale instead.
As per reports from the Telegraph, Redknapp said: “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.”
Ruddy then signed for Wolves just days later on a free transfer, and was a regular for Nuno Santo’s men as the club won promotion to the Premier League last term, making 45 appearances in all competitions.
This is a kick in the teeth for Birmingham, for sure.
When you look at how Ruddy’s career his panned out ever since Redknapp’s approach was blocked, and compare it to how Stockdale’s career has panned out since, it doesn’t make up for pretty reading from a Blues perspective.
The whole club is a mess behind the scenes, and something needs to be sorted out before a points deduction does come along.