Harry Redknapp aimed a parting shot at his Birmingham flops in a final dressing room speech that exposed a split in his squad.
Angry Redknapp turned on some of the players he inherited in a barbed comment before being axed after the home defeat by Preston.
Redknapp told his beaten men: “I won’t be here next week. It’s been a pleasure to work with half of you.”
The remark revealed the rift at St.Andrews between players from the previous managerial regimes and Redknapp’s new arrivals.
Redknapp was furious to be sacked after weeks of pushing for better talent to be signed during the window.
He was left with several he did not want after the club failed to back him quickly enough in his plans to overhaul the squad at the club.
Redknapp arrived at St Andrews for the last three matches of last season and led the club to a dramatic Championship survival on the final fay of the campaign.
He was aware major changes were needed to his squad over the summer, and only agreed to take the job on a permanent basis after receiving assurances he would be backed in the transfer market.
But despite attempting to make changes before the start of the season he saw most of his transfer plans fail to come off.
The club finally sanctioned the signing of six new players just before the transfer window closed – but pulled the plug on Redknapp’s reign after giving him just over a week to work his his new players.
Redknapp admitted to the Birmingham Mail: “It takes time to build a football team, not one week.
“I didn’t get the players in I was after in pre-season and suddenly I have got a load of players in.
“A lot of the targets I was after I couldn’t get over the line.
“And I still felt that given time I would have given them a team that would have been challenging for promotion, I had no doubt about that.”