Redknapp fired after dismal Birmingham start

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Birmingham City has sacked manager Harry Redknapp after a run of six defeats in eight Championship matches this season.

A 3-1 home defeat to Preston North End proved the final straw for the club, which announced the decision shortly after full-time.

"The club has tonight parted company with manager Harry Redknapp," a statement from the club read.

"Unfortunately due to the poor start to the campaign which sees the club second from bottom of the Championship, we are left with no choice but to terminate the contract of the manager with immediate effect."

Redknapp was appointed in April and helped the Blues narrowly avoided relegation from the second tier last term.

But they now sit just one spot above bottom-placed Bolton Wanderers and have lost six straight matches in all competitions.

Former Everton midfielder Lee Carsley, part of Redknapp's backroom staff, has taken over as caretaker manager and is tipped as the early favourite to keep the job on a permanent basis, with former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and ex-Middlesbrough coach Aitor Karanka also tipped as possible replacements.