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Redknapp took Birmingham City job out of boredom

Redknapp has three games to help Birmingham preserve their Championship status. Credit: PA

Harry Redknapp has revealed he agreed to become Birmingham's new manager after getting "fed up" with his time out of football.

The 70-year-old has been confirmed as Gianfranco Zola's successor, and will be assisted by former Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill as he bids to preserve their Championship status.

I got fed up sitting around doing nothing. I will come and live up here until the end of the season.

If I can keep them up then we can sit down and talk about going forward.

I got a phone call last night from the people at Birmingham.

I drove to London, had a meeting for 10 to 15 minutes, sat down and said 'Yeah, I will do it, no problem'. I got home and my wife said: 'Are you mad?'

Birmingham is a proper club. It is a good club. They are in a precarious position and we have got the worst goal difference as well.

I've gone in there, said I will come and do it. The money I am not interested in.

– Redknapp to talkSPORT



Gary Rowett not worried by manager sackings at Derby

Gary Rowett has now been both a player and a manager at Derby Credit: PA

Gary Rowett insists he is not concerned by the long list of managers hired and fired by Derby after becoming the Championship side's fifth in 13 months.

Former Burton and Birmingham boss Rowett, 43, who made 120 appearances as a player for Derby between 1995 and 1998, has signed a contract until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Former England boss Steve McClaren was sacked by Derby on Sunday, five months into his second spell in charge and less than two years after his first dismissal in 2015.

Paul Clement, Darren Wassall, Nigel Pearson and McClaren have all come and gone since February 2016 but Rowett, sacked by Birmingham in December, said that was not a worry in his press conference streamed live on the club's social media pages.

I like a challenge. I embrace challenge. I don't expect anything to be easy and I expect some challenges.

But I think it's a really exciting opportunity. When you've seen this club playing in the Premier League, at the levels it's been at previously, I know there's a lot of work to do to get back there, but it's a really exciting challenge for me.

I understand what's gone on previously, but for me that's not really a concern.

My concern is what we're going to do from now and we'll try to move things forward as quickly as we can. We want to win games as quickly as we can. We want to try and find solutions to winning games in a tough league.

If that takes a week, a month, whatever it takes, we'll try to get there.

– Gary Rowett

Cardiff boss Warnock: Wigan no threat under Joyce

Neil Warnock has been busy winning friends again Credit: PA

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has taken a swipe at sacked Wigan manager Warren Joyce by saying he did not consider the Latics to be a "threat" once they appointed him in November.

Former Manchester United Under-21 boss Joyce was sacked on Monday after winning only six of his 24 games in charge at the DW Stadium.

Cardiff are currently 13th in the Sky Bet Championship but were a point above the drop zone, and Wigan, in 21st when Joyce took charge.

Warnock has told BBC Radio Wales he saw the move as a bad one for the Latics, however.

No disrespect but when Wigan appointed him, I was delighted. I didn't think they were going to be a threat to us.

I like Warren but you can't just put someone into the Championship who's never been there - it's nothing like youth football.

I'm in a unique situation for a manager because I'm not bothered if I get the sack - they can sack me tomorrow if they want.

If I want another job, I can get another job.

That's not being conceited, I just don't see many good managers around.

There used to be hundreds, you could name them all but the Championship is not like any other league.

– Neil Warnock

Nottingham Forest appoint Warburton as manager

Mark Warburton has been announced as Forest's new manager Credit: PA

Championship club Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Mark Warburton as first-team manager on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Gary Brazil was due to be in charge until the end of the current campaign, but recent results have left Forest perilously close to the relegation zone, prompting the move to be brought forward.

The club website also confirmed David Weir would be joining Warburton as his assistant, with the duo set to be in the dugout against Derby County on Saturday—who have also just named a new manager in Gary Rowett.

Warburton was previously in charge of Brentford, taking them from League One to the Championship play-offs, and more recently Rangers, leaving the Scottish club only last month.

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