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Birmingham press panic button and sack Redknapp with no sign of a plan

Harry Redknapp, Manager of Birmingham City during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth at St Andrews Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Birmingham,...

With 10 minutes remaining of Birmingham City’s 3-1 defeat by Preston North End on Saturday, the defender Michael Morrison casually passed the ball to his left – but rather than going to a colleague it dribbled straight out of play, a few yards in front of his manager. Harry Redknapp puffed out his cheeks in a manner that suggested he wondered why he was bothering.

Arsenal break Preston hearts as Olivier Giroud scores last-minute winner

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates after the game

Arsenal flirted with danger before coming from behind to win a hugely entertaining Cup tie, proving in the process that the game of two halves is a cliche that can occasionally be descriptive. They were well on top even before Olivier Giroud’s late winner but put in such a disjointed first half performance that the Championship side could easily have turned round two or three in front.

New recruit John Swift brings Jaap Stam’s Reading quick return to beat Preston

Reading's manager Jaap Stam

Jaap Stam won the treble during his first season as a player in England, and although the former Manchester United defender’s first campaign as a manager in the country cannot end in similar glory, there was enough in this debut to encourage the Dutchman and fans of his new club. Reading, 17th in the Championship last season, played with verve and purpose and deservedly beat Preston thanks to a fine goal by another impressive new signing, 21-year-old midfielder John Swift.

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Harry Redknapp, Manager of Birmingham City during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth at St Andrews Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Birmingham,...

Birmingham press panic button and sack Redknapp with no sign of a plan

With 10 minutes remaining of Birmingham City’s 3-1 defeat by Preston North End on Saturday, the defender Michael Morrison casually passed the ball to his left – but rather than going to a colleague it dribbled straight out of play, a few yards in front of his manager. Harry Redknapp puffed out his cheeks in a manner that suggested he wondered why he was bothering.