Harry Redknapp wants Birmingham job if owners back him financially
By James Dale
Last Updated: 10/05/17 6:26am
Harry Redknapp has confirmed he wants the Birmingham manager's job if the owners back him with investment for transfers.
The former West Ham, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers boss arrived at St Andrew's for talks with Birmingham's owners on Tuesday afternoon, having steered the club to safety in the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-0 win away at Bristol City on the final day of the season.
Redknapp won two of his three games - equalling the number of victories his predecessor Gianfranco Zola managed in 24 games - and despite admitting he "doesn't need to be chasing work", the 70-year-old is interested in taking the job on for next season.
Asked if he wants the Birmingham job, Redknapp told Sky Sports News HQ: "Yes, if everything is right. The owners are nice people, having met them I was really impressed so yeah I'm interested
On what assurances he would need to take the job, Redknapp added: "Just that they [Birmingham's owners] are looking to invest and to crack on.
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"You don't want to go through another year like this, it's no good to anyone is it. Hopefully, we can strengthen the squad and I think they want to do it. They're ambitious and I think they can do it, that's all I'm asking for."
Steve Cotterill and Paul Groves have formed part of Redknapp's backroom team at Birmingham and he confirmed the pair could also join the club on a permanent basis if talks are successful.
Redknapp still lives in Dorset and has been regularly commuting up to the Midlands while overseeing the first-team squad during his short time in charge, but the ex-Portsmouth boss revealed he would need to up sticks if he were to sign full time.
"I'd be staying here, I couldn't drive up here every day it would kill me," Redknapp added. "I've spent the vast majority of the last three weeks up here and I'd have to do the same."