Birmingham City have appointed Harry Redknapp as their new manager, less than 24 hours after the resignation of former Italy forward Gianfranco Zola..

The ex-West Ham, Tottenham and QPR manager succeeds Zola, who quit  on Monday after a 2-0 defeat by fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion.

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Blues are 20th in the table, three points above the relegation zone with three games left, and travel to local rivals Aston Villa on Sunday.

“Birmingham are a proper football club but they are in a precarious position,” the 70-year-old Redknapp said.

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Redknapp’s appointment was announced just 16 hours after Zola’s departure, and he says he will initially take charge until the end of the season.

He took charge of Jordan for two World Cup qualifiers last year, and worked as an adviser to Derby County last season.

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However, Redknapp has not managed in England since leaving QPR in February 2015.

An FA Cup winner with Portsmouth in 2008, he led Tottenham to the Champions League quarter-finals during a four-year spell at White Hart Lane.