Redknapp says there's 'every chance' Birmingham job was his last as manager

Harry Redknapp thinks there is "every chance" Birmingham is the last team he will manage.

However, the 70-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham boss has not ruled out taking another job in football.

Redknapp left Birmingham on Saturday night after a 3-1 home loss to Preston - a seventh defeat in 10 matches in all competitions this season.

Asked if he thought the St Andrew's job would be his last in management, Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "Every chance.I d oubt it'll happen now very much."

However, he continued: " I'm a realist. I could go and help someone. I did it at Derby for a couple of months last year, helping Darren Wassall."

On his exit from Birmingham, Redknapp - who has also managed Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, QPR and Jordan - said: "I'm disappointed, but that's how it goes.

"I enjoyed my time there and really enjoyed the job. It gave me a buzz every day. If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't have done it. The situation at my age is if I don't want to go to work, I won't go to work.

"Last season was fantastic, keeping them up in the last game at Bristol City - that was one of the most enjoyable days in football.

"Given time, they've got a squad going forward probably as good as they've had in a long time, capable of challenging for the play-offs.

"But it's a shame I didn't get the chance to see it through. I only had a week with the new players - six made their debuts last week against Norwich. We played well against Leeds in midweek and in the first half (on Saturday).

"In the second half we went to pieces a bit and Preston were very good, but it's difficult when you throw a lot of new players together as we did."

Redknapp was not the only managerial departure in the wake of Saturday's games, with Gary Caldwell sacked by Chesterfield and Michael Brown parting company with Port Vale.

"Whoever goes in will take over a good group - but these things happen," Redknapp continued. "I f eel more sorry for the other lads who lost their jobs in the lower divisions (on Saturday).

"I've been up the ladder and had a great time but they're trying to get there. I'm sad for them really. It's not easy for these younger guys and they lose their job."

As for the future, Redknapp added: "I'm just about to watch one of my grandkids play, one's at Chelsea and one's at Bournemouth. I'll be out and about watching football.

"Maybe I'll play a bit of golf and I've got a racing stable I own that I haven't been to for three or four months, so maybe I'll get up there and watch the horses on the gallops."

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Birmingham sign Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall on loan

Birmingham have completed the double loan signing of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.

The duo move to St Andrews for the 2017/18 season, although there is no option to buy for the Sky Bet Championship club.

Blues boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of the fact he wants to add numbers to his squad before the transfer deadline.

Former England international Jenkinson, 25, has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal and played just five games for the Gunners last season.

He spent two seasons on loan at West Ham between 2014 and 2016 before a serious knee injury saw him return to the Emirates Stadium, where he found himself well down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger's ranks.

Bramall has yet to feature for Arsenal's first-team in a competitive match but was part of their pre-season tour squad.

The 21-year-old left-back was plucked from non-league last season, joining from Hednesford Town.

Both players go straight into the Birmingham squad for their Carabao Cup second-round clash at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

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Accrington stun Preston while Birmingham storm through

Billy Kee's last-minute strike saw Accrington dump Championship Preston out of the Carabao Cup with a dramatic 3-2 win at the Wham Stadium.

Stanley, who opened their League Two campaign with a 3-1 win over Colchester on Saturday, went ahead through defender Ben Richards-Everton in the 20th minute.

Preston, under new boss Alex Neil and on the back of a 1-0 home league win over Sheffield Wednesday, equalised through Jordan Hugill in the 70th minute.

Jordan Clark looked to have won it for Stanley with just four minutes left, only for Hugill to strike again with 90 minutes up.

However, there was still time for substitute Kee to find a winner, converting Tom Dallison's cross to secure a memorable victory.

Che Adams netted a hat-trick as Birmingham swept into the second round with a 5-1 win over Crawley.

David Davis and s ubstitute Robert Tesche were also on target while Panutche Camara netted a late consolation for Crawley.

Bristol City made it two wins in a row when they coasted past League One side Plymouth 5-0 at Ashton Gate.

Jens Hegeler, Nathan Baker and Korey Smith put the Robins 3-0 up inside 20 minutes, Freddy Hinds slotted in a fourth after 39 minutes and substitute Jamie Paterson wrapped things up with 11 minutes left.

Grimsby's clash with Derby was abandoned after just 19 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch at Blundell Park.

The Rams were leading 1-0 following a fifth-minute header by defender Richard Keogh before the game was temporarily halted after a downpour and then eventually called off by referee Trevor Kettle.

On loan Bristol City forward Shawn McCoulsky scored twice in the space of six second-half minutes as League Two Newport won 2-0 at League One Southend.

There was more late drama at Oakwell, where Ryan Hedges scored a winner deep into stoppage time as Barnsley beat League Two Morecombe 4-3.

Tom Bradshaw and Ike Ugbo put the Tykes ahead early on, with Sam Lavelle reducing the deficit just before half-time.

Bradshaw headed in a third at the start of the second half and after a penalty from Michael Rose and Vadaine Oliver's late effort appeared to have sent the tie into extra time, Hedges had the final say.

Ipswich won 2-0 at Luton with a goal in each half from Republic of Ireland forward David McGoldrick, while Norwich saw off Swindon 3-2 at Carrow Road.

Tom Elliott scored twice as Millwall beat Stevenage 2-0 at the New Den and Nottingham Forest moved into the second round with a 2-1 home win over Shrewsbury.

QPR beat Northampton 1-0 with a first-half goal from Yeni Ngbakoto at Loftus Road, where the visitors had defender Leon Barnett sent off.

Liam Kelly scored twice in the closing stages as Reading beat Gillingham 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium, while a header from Nouha Dicko with 15 minutes left was enough for Wolves to see off Yeovil 1-0.

Fulham won 2-0 at Wycombe and Sheffield Wednesday coasted to a 4-1 home win over Chesterfield.

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Redknapp ready to lead Birmingham after cancer scare

Harry Redknapp has received the all clear to resume managerial duties at Birmingham following a cancer scare.

The Sun on Sunday has reported that the 70-year-old needed emergency surgery to remove a tumour from his bladder after being urged to seek medical help by his wife Sandra.

Redknapp, who was appointed Birmingham boss in April and helped them avoid relegation from the Sky Bet Championship, has since been cleared to take pre-season with Blues after test results came back negative.

The former Tottenham and West Ham boss told the paper: "I could feel it in my body - I knew it wasn't right.

"This is the first time I've been properly worried.

"I knew I didn't feel good, you know when something isn't right, but it was Sandra who pushed me to the doctor in the end.

"They cut it out, took it away, sent it away to make sure it is not malignant and luckily everything was OK. I know I am fortunate."

Redknapp says he now has to go for regular checks.

He added: "They cut it out, there was no other option. Once they did that I was up and about after a couple of days.

"I am relaxed about it now because what can you do?

"When they had it all checked out they told me it would be OK. I have to go for check-ups every three months now."

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Former Hammer Ravel Morrison training with Harry Redknapp's Birmingham

Former West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison is training with Harry Redknapp's Birmingham, the Championship club have confirmed.

The 24-year-old is still on the books of Serie A outfit Lazio but has not played for them in over 12 months and finished last term on loan with QPR.

Redknapp took Morrison on loan to Rangers himself when he was manager there in 2014 and he is no stranger to Blues either having had a spell with them before that.

Once considered one of the finest prospects at Manchester United's youth academy, Morrison has been unable to live up to that hype and his parent club have now given him permission to train with Redknapp's second-tier club back in England.

"Ravel's come in and he's going to be training with us for a few days so we can have a look at him. That's it, really," Redknapp told bcfc.com.

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