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Sam Gallagher opens up on Harry Redknapp's sacking, his Birmingham City loan spell and more

Birmingham Mail logo Birmingham Mail 15/11/2017 Shane Ireland

Sam Gallagher admits he was shocked when Harry Redknapp – the manager who brought the Southampton striker to Birmingham City – was sacked just four matches after the 22-year-old joined the club.

Gallagher was signed up at St Andrew's on a season-long loan in August as Blues beat off competition from a number of rivals.

But just three weeks after the striker's debut against Reading, Redknapp was dismissed in the wake of the defeat to Preston – eight games into the season.

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"I don’t think any club expects this sort of change this early on in a season. None of us were expecting it," Gallagher told bcfc.com.

“But I feel like we are all adapting as well as we can do. These things can take a bit of time, but we are moving in the right direction."

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Steve Cotterill is the man tasked with turning Blues' fortunes around.

He was, of course, Redknapp's assistant at the back end of last season but wasn't at the club during a busy summer in which the squad was largely transformed.

Gallagher reckons the upheaval in the dugout has presented the players with an extra challenge as they look to fight their way out of the relegation zone.

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"Your whole schedule in the week changes, your training, or your way of playing," he said.

“It takes players different times to adapt as well. I feel every week that goes past we are getting closer as a team and knowing each other better and better. And the same way the coaches are getting to know is better as well.

“It’s the same in any working environment, let alone a changing room where you are all expected to play together.

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“Yes, it’s hard when there are 14 new faces or whatever. Everyone is still finding their way, finding their feet at the club and readjusting their lives, as well.

“It’s just a case of settling in and things getting easier as we move forward, which they will.

“One of the main things he talks about is getting a good team spirit, getting everyone to work for one another and work for him in the way he would work for us.

“If we do those things right, then we will give ourselves a chance.”

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While taking four points from his first five games, Cotterill has set about improving fitness with hard work in training at Wast Hills - a move welcomed by Gallagher.

“One thing you definitely need in this league," he said.

"The games are so end to end, you need to defend for quite large periods of the game and then you might be attacking for large periods of the game.

“He is definitely bringing in organisation and also trying to get that creativity in the final third, which is also what we need.”

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Gallagher is in line to make the 12th appearance of his loan spell when Blues face Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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He has struggled to make a real impact in his new surroundings so far, being deployed out wide in recent games, but the forward who scored 12 goals for Blackburn Rovers last season says he is enjoying time in the Midlands.

“Yes, I am, and that’s one thing I don’t think we have lost - positivity - because we know we are a good team and we know what we are capable of. It’s just the fact of putting it on the pitch," added the former England U20 international.

“We are looking to get that first real taste of success, build on it, and then I think it will be exciting from then on.”

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