Birmingham City have confirmed that Harry Redknapp is to stay on as manager of the Championship club after penning a one-year deal at St Andrew's.
The 70-year-old was initially appointed last month as a short-term successor to Gianfranco Zola, who stood down after a disappointing spell at the club which saw them go from playoff chasers to relegation strugglers.
Redknapp was given three games to retain Birmingham's second-tier status, which he achieved thanks to wins over Huddersfield Town and Bristol City in the final week of the season.
"If things are going well around Christmas time and the owners are happy with how things are progressing, I’m sure there’s a chance we could sit down and look to sort out a second year," he told the Evening Standard.
"There’s a lot to do between now and then but I’m open to longer if the circumstances are right.
"My family realise it is what I enjoy doing and they support me. It can be stressful, of course, but the buzz of Sunday gave me a taste for it again.
"Planning a promotion push starts now. We need strengthening, for sure, but I won’t have a massive budget. The owners want to have a little bit of a go at it but won’t go crazy.
"They will spend money on the right players but we will also have to be clever in using the free transfer market."