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Opinion: Actions speak louder than words, Harry

Opinion: Actions speak louder than words, Harry

18.40pm - Birmingham City Football Club confirm they have parted company with manager Harry Redknapp.

Instant thoughts, 'What the hell are they doing! You can't sack Harry, you've just given him £20 million to spend on players!'

That is what I was thinking at the time. However, with just over a day gone now since the news that Redknapp was relieved of his duties, I have had time to come to terms with the fact that he isn't our manager any more.

Albeit I am still a little shocked that he isn't the manager of Blues any more, I can also understand why he was sacked.

Granted, the Blues owners acted very hastily to get rid of both Redknapp and Gary Rowett but there was and is more to both sackings than meets the eye.

Rowett didn't get things his own way so the owners acted upon that.

Redknapp reportedly lost some of the dressing room after the defeat to Burton Albion where he publically criticised the players.

Gianfranco Zola wasn't the answer that the club were looking for but he was given more time. Why? God only knows the answer to that question but we have moved past that stage now.

At the end of the day, Redknapp was always someone who could talk the talk but unfortunately for Blues he could never walk the walk.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss promised us entertaining, free flowing football and okay, we saw that at times but when Blues put in a second half performance like they did on Saturday, questions had to be asked and now we know they were and we know what the final answer was.

Redknapp was never able to produce the football that he wanted to at Blues and at the end of the day, he can say it until the cows come home how good he thought the squad was and how he could have taken Blues to the Premier League but he didn't produce the goods.

Criticise me for calling him out, this is just an opinion of mine.

Would I have liked to have seen him given more time, yes of course.

Am I shocked he was sacked? No.

Redknapp in my eyes was always a short term solution for Blues and at the end of the day, he produced the goods for us last year when we needed him to but he failed miserably this season.

Thank you for the new players and the memories Harry, but it is now time for us to move on.

Remember Blues fans, actions speak louder than words.

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Writer:Tom Heslop
Date:Monday September 18 2017
Time: 12:05PM


Telling players they are terrific is Harry's way of getting the best out of them ...He as signed some good players ..for what they cost ..but to be honest he never got Diony.... Onazi ....Aquah ...flint ...Cole ..Terry ...Downing .. and others .. not his fault is obvious he felt himself a bluenose and is now gutted ...He will always get my vote ...he was looking for a niche in life and we was it ...COME on HARRY get your askey down to stans and keep with the family ...once a bluenose always a bluenose ...KRO
David Village
18/09/2017 12:45:00
For starters Tom, the reason Zola was given more time was down to Panos, he brought him in and he wanted to give him time to get it right. Well Panos has gone, so has Zola and so has Harry. Funny thing is I was thinking the other day how similar Zola and Harry were, at times we played some good football without any end product, we just can't seem to score for toffee, blaming this and that, not getting that bit of luck, injuries etc. I also think Harry made the same mistakes as Zola by trying to change to much too soon, by changing formations and players too quickly just seems to confuse the players and too many players didn't seem to know what their job was.
18/09/2017 12:48:00
I think Harry would've turned it around. He inherited a poor side and brought his own team in because he wasn't impressed with the current team. A lot of players came in because they wanted to play for Harry. Sadly not given enough time to show what he could do with his own team.
Ijaz H
18/09/2017 16:44:00
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