Harry Redknapp admits his career as a football manager could be over
Harry Redknapp has admitted his career as a football manager could be over, after he was sacked by Birmingham City on Saturday evening. Redknapp guided Birmingham to Championship survival on the final day of last season but has paid the price for six successive defeats. Birmingham’s owners Trillion Trophy Asia sacked Redknapp by telephone shortly after the 3-1 defeat to Preston on Saturday, after watching the game on television. And while Redknapp’s dismissal has angered some supporters, it is understood that he was close to being dismissed after the 2-1 loss at Burton Albion on August 18. The Birmingham board wanted to sack him then but were persuaded to give him more time, eventually signing 14 players before the transfer window closed, including record £6.5m capture Jota from Brentford on deadline day. Birmingham have suffered six defeats on the spin But results have been disappointing while Redknapp’s relationship with director of football Jeff Vetere was also thought to be fractious. There are also believed to have been issues with Redknapp commuting from his Sandbanks home, with Birmingham holding concerns over his commitment. As many of Birmingham’s board members are not based in England, much of the work on recruitment has been undertaken by agent Darren Dein, the son of former Arsenal chairman David. Dein will spearhead the search for Redknapp’s replacement and Birmingham are pursuing a younger manager to succeed the 70-year-old, with interim manager Lee Carsley in the frame if he can mount a revival. And Redknapp has conceded that his long career as manager, which began at Bournemouth in 1983, could now be over. Redknapp has conceded his managerial career could be over “I have loved being a manager and loved it at Birmingham but I doubt very much whether it will happen again,” he said. “I'm a realist. If I could help someone somewhere, help a young manager, I'd love that but working again as a No. 1, you’re never sure. "It's a shame I didn't have the chance to see it through but time is something you don't get an awful lot of. We had three of our attacking players injured for Saturday and it takes time to mould a team, especially after making so many signings. "I'm sure there are great times ahead. I wish the club every success. Given time, we would have turned it round but whoever goes in is going to take over a good group." Birmingham are one place off the bottom of the Championship and travel to former manager Gary Rowett’s Derby County this weekend.