VETERAN manager Harry Redknapp has been axed as manager of second-tier English club Birmingham City.
Redknapp, who has managed Tottenham, Portsmouth and Southampton and others in a lengthy career was told of the club's decision after a 3-1 home defeat by Preston North End.
The 70-year-old was hailed a saviour after keeping the team in the Championship last season.
But despite a number of signings in the transfer window, the Blues have lost six games in a row and have just four points from eight league matches.
"Blues have parted company with manager Harry Redknapp," a statement from the club read.
Redknapp, who had been in charge for just 13 matches, had appeared not to be aware of an impending decision although he accepted the blame for the abject display in the loss to Preston.
"The players have got to adjust to the Championship if they are going to survive in this league. It was horrendous defending in the middle of the park," he said.
"I didn't tell them to do that, that's for sure, but I take the blame - that's the way the game is."
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