Harry confirms Cole exit

21 March 2007 12:06
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that veteran striker Andy Cole will be joining Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. The 35-year-old asked the Pompey manager for a move after growing frustrated at his lack of first-team starts since recovering from injury. The former Manchester United and Newcastle United star has been restricted to only nine starts for the club since last summer's arrival from Manchester City. "Andy came to see me and said: 'Harry, I'm 35, I want to be playing all the time'," Redknapp admitted. "I understand where Andy's coming from. He wants to play regularly. He's one of those guys who wants to be starting every game. And you've got to respect him for that. "If he feels like that, you can't stand in his way. He's not happy to just sit back and take his money. But it's been difficult fitting him into the team every week with the other strikers we've got. "Birmingham want to take over his contract until May 30, which covers the play-offs. He's going on loan until the end of the season, but has another year here. "So it all depends on what happens at Birmingham and what he wants to do."

Source: ESA