HARRY REDKNAPP has been confirmed as new Birmingham boss on a one-year deal after avoiding relegation from the Championship.
The former Tottenham and West Ham boss, 70, was initially brought in on a short-term deal to replace Gianfranco Zola.
Taking over with the club precariously poised near the foot of the Championship table, Redknapp performed another Houdini act.
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He won both of the final two games as Birmingham avoided relegation on the final day – along with Nottingham Forest – at Blackburn’s expense.
Redknapp held talks with the club owners and board of directors this week and put pen to paper on the one-year deal on Thursday night.
Redknapp only took over the club in April – with Steve Cotterill his No2 – after Zola resigned City in real trouble.
And he instantly guided them to safety, with jubilant fans having to be held back by police as they celebrated in Bristol.
After taking the job, the ex-Jordan boss revealed: “I got a phone call from the people at Birmingham on Monday night.
“I drove to London, had a meeting for ten 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.”