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Harry Redknapp on his decision to become Blues boss

You try and get the best out of them, build up their confidence and hope they’re good enough

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp on being 'mad' about football and returning to the game that he loves…

“I enjoy being involved in football and so people ring me up, like Poole Town and Wimborne Town, and ask me if I’d get involved. I can never say no. I was asked recently if I’d go and do some coaching with an under-10s team and I said ‘yeh, no problem’. Actually I was supposed to be a manager tonight at Cheltenham in a charity game for the Injured Jockeys Fund. I was a bit worried about that because I don’t know them and how was I going to find a centre-half and a goalkeeper out of the jockeys! Now I’ve got a slightly bigger problem (to focus on).”

Harry Redknapp on agreeing the move without first looking at the fixture list…

“When I looked (at the next game v Aston Villa) I thought ‘oh dear!’ And then I looked at the league table. I knew it was three points (separating Blues from the relegation zone) and suddenly I saw the goal difference and thought, that’s not good either! But I wasn’t tempted to change my mind. We’ll have a go and do our best.”

Harry Redknapp on not knowing much about the current Blues squad…

“I listen to people and make my own mind up on how we’re going to play and everything else. Whoever comes in, it’s not easy, you’ve got two weeks basically before the season ends. It’s certainly not going to be easy. We’ll be having a good look at the videos of the previous games. It’s like everything; everyone’s got different opinions, haven’t they. We’re going to have to find a balance as best we can. They seemed like a great group of lads this morning.”

Harry Redknapp on what he said to the players when he met them for the first time this morning…

“I said to them, lads, you can blame who you want, but it comes down to them. They can do better, they’ve got to do better. And if we stay up, they’ll deserve the credit, not me. I’m only as good as what the players are going to do. When they walk out on Sunday (for the Villa game), it’s down to them. I can shout and scream as much as I want from the touchline, if they’re not performing there’s nothing I can do about that really. It’s up to them whether we stay up. And if they can do that then I think the Club can start building for the future.  And I’m sure the future can be good, it’s a big club, a good football club.”

Harry Redknapp on his mission to lead Blues to Championship safety…

“I’ll be gutted if it doesn’t work out – no one will be lower than me. But no one’s got a magic wand in football. You could bring in (Sir) Alex Ferguson and he’s not going to suddenly make them play like Manchester United. You can only do what you can do. You try and get the best out of them, build up their confidence and hope they’re good enough. That’s all you can do. When the records tell you that they’ve only won two games in 24, you know it’s not going to be easy.”

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