By Amir Mir
Newly-appointed Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp has reminded Aston Villa fans of his winning record at Villa Park as manager.
The 70-year-old, who was appointed Blues boss on Tuesday morning after the resignation of Gianfranco Zola, is hoping to help his new team avoid relegation.
A trip to Villa Park awaits the experienced manager in his first game as he had a pop at the fans by stating “he hasn’t got good memories of the crowd”.
The former Tottenham and Portsmouth manager revealed that he has had “some abuse” when going to Villa as he offered his thoughts ahead of the weekend game.
“Well, I have got good memories there of winning all the time,” Redknapp told Betsafe. “I have been very successful there with teams.
“I haven’t got good memories of the crowd, I have got some abuse there and a nutter threw a coin at me [when I was Portsmouth manager]. I hope he is not sitting behind me. Not an example to set to your kids.”
Despite his experience, Redknapp will have a tough task on his hands to save a Birmingham team that has won only two out of their last 24 matches.
Redknapp has only three matches to keep the Midlands club in the second-tier of English football.
The Blues are currently two places and two points above the bottom three as the fixtures will get tougher for Redknapp’s side.
After the Villa game, they take on promotion hopefuls Huddersfield before an important showdown against fellow strugglers Bristol City on the last day of the season.
The Robins are currently two places and one point above Birmingham in the table as their final day fixture could prove significant as to who stays in the Championship.
In other Aston Villa news, the club has made an emphatic striker decision ahead of the Birmingham game.