Redknapp thinks EFL needs to ease up in Huddersfield row

Date published: Friday 5th May 2017 3:15

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Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp thinks the English Football League should ease up over the selection row with Huddersfield. 

Blues beat the Terriers 2-0 last week to put them on the brink of safety in the Sky Bet Championship ahead of Sunday’s season finale at Bristol City.

The promotion-chasing Terriers made 10 changes having booked a play-off spot but the EFL has written to the club to “request their observations regarding team selection”.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray questioned the line up, with his side two points adrift in the final relegation spot, after Birmingham won despite having Che Adams sent off in the first half – a red card which was rescinded.

But Redknapp defended Huddersfield boss David Wagner and when asked if he feels the EFL needs to ease off, the Blues boss said: “Yeah, you’re entitled to do what you want. No-one picks the team apart from the manager.

“If it backfires you take responsibility. Their only concern is trying to get into the Premier League. Imagine taking Huddersfield into the Premier League – if I was him I’d think very carefully again this week.

“I did the same at QPR, I made lots of changes before the play-offs. I rested the majority of the team.

“You have a squad and you pick your squad. Look at their results in the last nine games, five defeats, the manager has looked at it and realised his team was running out of steam with the play offs coming up. They were still a good side.

“We’re playing well and I’m disappointed with everyone talking about Huddersfield and the changes. I went to watch Huddersfield play on the Tuesday (a 1-0 win at Wolves) and I came away very confident because they were, for me, a team running on empty.”

Huddersfield midfielder Dean Whitehead has also expressed his views on the matter, labelling the row a ‘joke’.

Birmingham go to Bristol City on Sunday two points above the relegation zone in a three-way battle against the drop with Blackburn and Nottingham Forest.

Rovers are at Brentford while Forest host Ipswich and Redknapp, who replaced Gianfranco Zola for the final three games, believes only a win would calm the nerves.

He added: “We can’t be worried about elsewhere, we have to try to win the game. You have three big clubs – one has won two European Cups, Blackburn won the Premier League and we had 28,000 last week – and they’re all scrapping.”

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