Harry Redknapp has left Birmingham City after a run of six successive defeats, the Championship club said following their 3-1 loss to Preston North End on Saturday.

The 70-year-old manager joined Birmingham in April and helped them to avoid relegation with two wins from their final three games, but this season they have picked up only four points and sit 23rd in the standings.

"Blues have parted company with manager Harry Redknapp," the club said on Twitter.

"Lee Carsley, Blues Head Professional Development Coach, will step in as Caretaker Manager."

Before signing a one-year extension in May, Redknapp – who has also managed Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Portsmouth and Southampton during a long and successful managerial career – had worked without payment.

"We have got to lift ourselves. There is a team waiting to gel but we have suffered several injuries to key players," Redknapp told the BBC after the Preston loss but prior to the announcement of his departure.

"Fans deserve better and that was my motivation to carry on this season.

"I do not come to work because I need the money, I enjoy the job and leaving home at 5.15 every morning. I would love to be the manager to bring some success to Birmingham."

Redknapp, who signed 14 players during a major summer overhaul, was in charge at St Andrews for just 13 games in total.

Carsley, 43, made 51 appearances during two seasons at the club and had returned in June as part of the coaching staff.

City, who won the League Cup in 2011, face Derby County next weekend.