New Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp said yesterday that he has dived into the unknown as he bids to keep the club in the Championship.
The former Tottenham manager has agreed to take over until the end of the season — which comes in just 17 days — after Gianfranco Zola quit on Monday.
The Blues are three points above the relegation zone after Zola won just two of his 24 games in charge and stepped down after a 2-0 home defeat to Burton.
They go to city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday knowing they could be in the drop zone before kick-off but Redknapp had no hesitation taking the job with three games left.
“Birmingham are a team I’ve not see much of, seen nothing of really, they’ve not been on TV much this year,” he said, after returning to club management for the first time in over two years.
“I’m a bit like that, I tend to dive in. It was something I thought ‘I’ll have a go at that.’ When I got home at 2.30am my wife was asleep and she said: ‘What happened?’ I said: ‘I’m going to Birmingham until the end of the season.’ She thought I was mad. Everybody I know thinks I’m mad.
“I got a call at 7pm asking if I could come and have a meeting in London. I went over, met them at 9.30pm and by 9.45pm I had no hesitation. It wasn’t a case of signing a contract for three weeks, I shook hands and said I would do it, no problem.
“It’s a big club and it’s a challenge, a big challenge. After I looked at the fixtures I thought it was an even bigger challenge.
“It’s not easy. All I can do is try and install some confidence — two wins in 24 games is there for all to see. That has to improve.”