September 18, 2017 / 10:35 AM / a month ago

Redknapp says his managerial career may be over

Soccer Football - Championship - Birmingham City vs Bolton Wanderers - Birmingham, Britain - August 15, 2017 Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp Action Images/Matthew Childs

(Reuters) - Harry Redknapp said there is “every chance” he will never manage another football club again after being sacked by Birmingham City on Saturday.

The 70-year-old, who joined the Championship club in April and helped them to avoid relegation last season, was sacked after losing 3-1 to Preston North End at the weekend, his sixth defeat in a row.

“I doubt very much whether it will happen again now,” Redknapp told the BBC when asked if he would ever return to management.

”I‘m a realist. If I could help someone somewhere, help a young manager, I’d love that. I did it at Derby for a couple of months with Darren Wassall — we had a great time.

“I’ve left (Birmingham) with a squad that will excite the fans and take them one day hopefully where they deserve to be and that is back in the Premier League.”

Birmingham have just one win and four points after eight games so far, and are second-bottom in the Championship table. Redknapp said failures in the transfer window had cost him, but backed the team to improve as the season wore on.

“I still don’t think they’ll be far away from the play-offs,” he added.

“This year has been a bit of a slog, trying to change the squad and getting people in. We couldn’t get the deals done we were trying to do and we got turned down for two work permits on two fantastic players. They’d have made a massive difference.”

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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