Redknapp open to working with ambitious Birmingham

Date published: Monday 8th May 2017 11:24

After keeping Birmingham in the Sky Bet Championship yesterday, Harry Redknapp admitted he could stay at the club if it matches his ambitions.

Birmingham survived a tense final day in the Championship as Che Adams’ 16th-minute strike gave them a 1-0 win at Bristol City as Blackburn, despite beating Brentford, dropped into League One.

The second win of Redknapp’s three-game caretaker reign ensured that Birmingham did not have to worry about wins for Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

Asked about his future, Redknapp replied: “I’ve got a good situation in my life.

“I don’t need to be chasing work. I work with a few different companies.

“I’ll have a chat and see what their (Birmingham owners) ambitions are.

“If they’re ambitious and want to have a go next year, then I’d be interested.

“But I don’t know what their plans are, they might have someone else lined up. I haven’t met or spoken to anyone who owns the club.”

Redknapp’s mobile phone rang during the post-match press conference and his response brought laughter from journalists.

“Someone’s ringing me now,” Redknapp said.

“What’s that? Beijing in China? My God! Maybe there’s a job going in China? I’m off to China!”

Redknapp turned 70 in March but he celebrated like an excited teenager as the final whistle signalled Birmingham’s safety.

The former Tottenham and West Ham manager ran down the touchline and punched the air with delight as the 2,500 Birmingham fans sang his name.

“I don’t feel anywhere near like a 70-year-old,” Redknapp said.

“But it was a fantastic feeling when the referee put the whistle in his mouth.

“It was tense, we were hanging in there at the end. They hit us with balls into the box and we had to keep winning the first or the second ball.

“We kept getting bodies in the way and dealing with it and the lads were fantastic.

“We knew what was going on around us, they were signing ‘you’re going down’ when Blackburn scored and I knew Forest would win.

“But we’ve managed to get the results and the buzz is fantastic when you get a result like that.”

Bristol City secured their Championship safety on the penultimate weekend and the Robins created few clear-cut chances.

“It was a difficult game for us but I’m proud of the players in the way they kept going to the end,” said Robins boss Lee Johnson.

“But the big picture for me is the fantastic run we’ve been on, those last five or six games have turned around the season.

“It stands the club in great stead moving forward, and if we can add one or two players in the summer that will give us a boost.”

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