After the bizarre sacking of Gary Rowett in December of the 2016/17 season with Birmingham City banging on the door of the playoffs, there was a sense of foreboding about the rest of the campaign.
With the appointment of Gianfranco Zola, it turned it a relegation scrap and a serious one. The Italian kept his job until mid-April but had left the club in a dire situation.
The club brought in Harry Redknapp to rescue the season on a short-term contract, which he duly did, guiding the Blues to a 19th place finish but just three points from the drop.
There was plenty of deliberation that needed to be done over the following summer about whether or not Harry should be taken on a full-time role or whether there was somebody better out there.
But the board came to a swift decision and on May 12, they made the former Spurs and Portsmouth man their permanent manager.
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— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) May 12, 2017
After he rescued their previous season, and having won promotion with QPR just a few years before, hopes were incredibly high amongst the Birmingham faithful when the news broke of Redknapp’s appointment.
Superb news but I've put me back out dancin round the bedroom ???? pic.twitter.com/GjR64bbMWq
— BCFC FANS FORUM (@bcfansforum) May 12, 2017
Announce promotion now! We've got Redknapp…. Harry Redknapp… I just don't think you understand….
— Matthew Butlin (@MattieBluenose) May 12, 2017
season ticket details now lads, cheers
— billbcfc⚽️ (@billiekellyx) May 12, 2017
Can see a surge in season ticket sales now @Redknapp is steering the good ship bluenose ????
— ⛵ Windy ⛵ (@PaxBritannica66) May 12, 2017
# Best news for a very long time to come out of st Andrews.
— Steve Bolton (@SteveBo51728398) May 12, 2017
— Gary Boulton (@GaryBoulton24) May 12, 2017
But it was not be the rousing success that the fans had predicted. In fact, it all ended rather abruptly.
Having brought in 13 new faces during the summer transfer window, Redknapp was still unable to pick up a single win in the opening eight games of the season.
The Blues’ trigger happy board lived up to their reputation once again and sacked their manager just two weeks after the transfer window had closed.
It was a sacking that once again compounded the mistake of getting rid of Gary Rowett mid-way through the previous season.