Former Tottenham and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp has indicated that he is ready to make a prolonged return to the dugout after taking charge at Championship strugglers Birmingham.
Redknapp, 70, had appeared to be in semi-retirement since leaving his last job in club management two years ago, when he resigned from QPR citing health problems.
But he has agreed to try to save Birmingham from relegation to the third tier and hinted that, if successful, he would like to try to steer them back into the Premier League.
“It’s a real challenge. I’ll throw myself into it. If I can keep them up then we can sit down at the end of the year and talk about next year and going forward,” said Redknapp.
“I haven’t got a magic wand; I’m not going to go in and they suddenly turn into Real Madrid or someone, but if I can just get them going and get a bit of belief back into them and we can pick up a win, that’s all I can do.
“There’s no magic formula; you just hope you can get the results you need. Then if you have the summer you can put a team together for next year that you hope could be challenging for a play-off place.”
Redknapp, who spent two games in charge of Jordan and has held advisory posts with Derby and Australian club Central Coast Mariners since leaving QPR, said he was contacted by Birmingham on Monday evening.
That followed the resignation of Gianfranco Zola, who won just twice in a 24-match spell that has left the Blues just three points above the relegation zone with three fixtures remaining.
“I drove to London and had a meet with them, 10-15 minutes,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “I said ‘sure I’ll come and do it, no problem’. I got home, my wife said ‘are you mad or what?’.”