New Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp once expressed serious anger with Aston Villa fans

BT Sport's Harry Redknapp

Will Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp face a cauldron of hate when he takes on Aston Villa?

New Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp during the press conferenceNew Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp during the press conference

Harry Redknapp arrives at Birmingham City at a very interesting time, with the club taking on bitter rivals Aston Villa this weekend.

Birmingham needed a change and want Redknapp to spark the team into a result which will guarantee they do not get relegated, but Villa Park will not be welcoming to him.

Redknapp knows this only too well, and once expressing his anger at the behaviour of a section of Aston Villa supporters.

TV Pundit Harry RedknappHarry Redknapp

This came back in 2008 when his Portsmouth side were beaten 3-1 by Martin O'Neill's men.

Redknapp vented to BBC Sport after the game, having a real 'think of the children' moment.

He said: "You've got people saying stuff behind you with little kids shouting filth. I didn't bring my kids up to talk like that.

"Do we have to keep standing there and accepting that?

"What hurts me the most is when I see someone going at it, when they have got their little son by their side.

"He can talk how he wants to me but doing it in front of his lad and making filthy gestures just stinks. Maybe it is a reflection on society."

Redknapp has been out of English football for two seasons and may be in for a shock when he returns to the dugout since then.

Villa fans are unlikely to go an easier on him now he is managing their local rivals. Perhaps he should bring some earmuffs along...

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