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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