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Respected journalist questions Birmingham City’s latest managerial decision

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Sky Sports News’, James Dale, has questioned Birmingham City’s decision to sack Harry Redknapp, comparing his stats to his predecessor, Gianfranco Zola.

Following a 3-1 defeat to Preston North End, Birmingham’s fifth straight Sky Bet Championship defeat and sixth across all competitions, Redknapp left St Andrew’s just over a month into the new season.

However, Dale has questioned Birmingham’s decision, comparing the patience the club’s owners had with Zola to Redknapp.

Zola managed to pick up just 13 points from 22 fixtures last season, and eventually resigned in April, with Redknapp taking over to guide the club to safety.

Birmingham have now sacked Redknapp, who had picked up a combined total of 10 points from his 12 fixtures as the club’s manager.

The Blues are now searching for their fourth manager in less than a year, with Lee Carsley put in temporary charge at St Andrew’s following Redknapp’s departure.

According to Sky Sports, Carsley is in pole position to take the job permanently at Birmingham, but no formal talks have been held between the Irishman and the club’s owners.

The Blues are not in action again until Saturday, when they travel to Derby County, where they will be looking to climb out of the Championship’s relegation zone.

The Verdict

When comparing Redknapp’s record to Zola’s record, it is hard to understand why Birmingham’s board have not had more patience with the 70-year-old, particularly after backing him heavily in the transfer window.

However, Birmingham look like a team in trouble and in desperate need of a change, meaning only time will tell if their decision to sack Redknapp was the right one.

As Birmingham mull over Redknapp’s replacement, Carsley has been handed a difficult task of picking the first team squad off the canvas against Derby next week. 

Birmingham fans… Let us know your thoughts!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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