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Harry on promoted trio

Posted on 12 June 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp insists you can't write off the chances of the three newly-promoted teams next term.

Harry on promoted trio

Harry Redknapp insists you can't write off the chances of the three newly-promoted teams next term.

Wolves and Birmingham City are back in the Premier League while Burnley return to the top flight for the first time since 1976.

Wolves won the Championship title, Birmingham grabbed runners-up spot on the final day of the season and with it automatic promotion while Burnley triumphed in the play-offs, beating Sheffield United at Wembley.

"They are all big clubs with great traditions and they will all be determined to stay up," said Harry.

"I would never write them off. I remember coming up with Portsmouth and everyone thought we would go straight back down but Pompey are now established in the Premier League.

"They've all got clever managers who know what they are doing and Birmingham are clearly going to have a go - they've just paid a lot of money for Christian Benitez from Ecuador, who is a good player."

We were pushed all the way by Burnley in the semi-finals of the Carling Cup after the Clarets took the scalps of Fulham, Arsenal and Chelsea in the competition.

"They are a good footballing team but it's not just about their style, it's about having good players as well," added Harry. "Burnley look a close-knit unit, they believe in what they are doing and Owen Coyle has done a great job there."