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Harry feels for fellow managers

Posted on 20 May 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted to having plenty sympathy with the managers battling against the dreaded drop on Sunday.

Harry feels for fellow managers

Harry Redknapp admitted to having plenty of sympathy with the managers battling against the dreaded drop on Sunday.

One of those managers will be Birmingham City's Alex McLeish, who brings the Blues to the Lane as one of three teams on 39 points and fighting for their Premier League survival.

Birmingham are level with Wigan and Blackpool with Wolves and Blackburn just one point ahead as the relegation battle boils up to an incredible finale.

Our target is a simple one - victory secures fifth place and European football again next season.

"Alex McLeish is a great guy and so are all the lads down there at the bottom, there's not one that I think 'well, I hope he goes down'," said Harry.

"Ian Holloway's a great character, Roberto Mancini at Wigan is a fantastic fella. They are all top managers and good guys.

"Personally, I think Wolves and Blackburn are out of trouble and it's probably between the three teams that are level on 39 points.

"It will be a tense day for all those involved. Relegation is their biggest nightmare and Sunday will be a tough, tough day.

"I wouldn't want to be jumping up and down on the touchline if we score. I've got feelings for Alex McLeish and all those other lads who are involved on Sunday.

"It will be a tough day for those boys and they've all done great jobs, none have under-achieved. Birmingham won the League Cup, Wigan have done brilliantly to stay in there and it's a miracle what they've done at Blackpool.

"They will all be difficult to beat on Sunday. They've all enjoyed Premier League football and they won't want to drop out without a fight. They'll all have a real go, I'm sure."

Despite that sympathy and understanding of what the managers will go through, Harry's aim is to finish the season off in style at the Lane and secure that fifth place.

"We're all looking forward to the the game," he added. "I'm sure there will be a great atmosphere and it's a big game for both teams. We're looking for that fifth spot and Birmingham are looking to stay up, so there is a lot to play for."