Harry Redknapp tips Birmingham City for top-six finish

Redknapp tips Birmingham for playoffs
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Sacked Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp believes that whoever replaces him at St Andrew's will inherit a squad that is more than capable of finishing in the top six.

Harry Redknapp has insisted that he left Birmingham City in a better state than they were in when he took over, backing his former side to finish in the Championship playoff zone this term.

The 70-year-old was shown the St Andrew's exit following Saturday's 3-1 home loss to Preston North End, making it six successive defeats in all competitions.

Redknapp kept Birmingham in the division last season and then oversaw a busy summer of transfer activity, with 14 players brought in to bolster his promotion push.

Despite taking just four points from the first 24 on offer, though, the experienced boss claims that whoever replaces him will inherit a squad capable of a top-six finish.

"Birmingham City going forward will have a much, much better team than what they had last year," he told talkSPORT. "I still think there is every chance they can put a run together and make the playoffs. It is a long season.

"You can go on a run and suddenly you find yourselves on the verge of the playoffs and I think this squad is good enough. This is a great job for someone because it is a good club with great support. They have got a good opportunity.

"I was really excited about it this year. I went in for the last three games of last season, we managed to stay up, and I was really looking forward to this season. I thought I was going to put a team together here that was going up, I really believed I could do it."

Birmingham, who sit 23rd in the Championship table, return to action next weekend with a trip to face Midlands rivals Derby County.

Harry Redknapp in charge of Birmingham City in April 2017
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