Harry Redknapp has officially signed a 12-month contract deal to remain in charge of Birmingham City for the duration of the 2017/18 Championship season.

Redknapp took over at St Andrew's following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola and proceeded to steer the club away from relegation by securing vital wins against Huddersfield and Bristol City in the final two games of the season.

Given the late surge from Blackburn, who picked up 11 points from their final five games, losing either of those two fixtures would have seen Birmingham drop into League One instead.

Bristol City v Birmingham City - Sky Bet Championship

A Blues statement on Friday morning read, "Redknapp held talks with the club's owners and Board of Directors this week and finalised the details of his contract last night."

Given that Birmingham were strongly in playoff contention from Zola took over the controversially sacked Gary Rowett in December, attention for next season will now turn to returning towards the top end of the Championship table.

70-year-old Redknapp, whose last job before Birmingham saw him agree a short-term deal to coach the Jordanian national team, has twice previously secured promotion to the Premier League in his long managerial career.

Birmingham City v Huddersfield Town - Sky Bet Championship

He guided Portsmouth to the old Division One title in 2002/03 with a tally of 98 points and also took QPR up to the top flight via the Championship playoffs in 2013/14.

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