With Harry given his marching orders, Blues fans are left pondering on who is to replace the 70-year-old.
Football is now a cut throat business and very much a results based game. We saw it with Frank De Boer’s departure after just five games, now Redknapp is the latest manager to be given the push after just 8 games with a new team.
Call it what you want, but it’s modern football and it looks like the Birmingham board are refusing to take another long-term chance on a underperforming manager as they did with Gianfranco Zola, who only managed 2 wins in 24. However, there are a few names out there who will feel they have nothing to lose and take a punt at this vacancy.
Here are the favourites to take the ‘impossible job’. Hopefully we don’t see a random name from Germany walk through the door…
The Birmingham-born man may fancy himself to take full charge at the club, but that would mean giving up his England U21 coaching role. For the moment he’ll be caretaker at St Andrews, but if results come his way and he implements his way of coaching in the first team, we could see a strong outfit under the former Blues defensive midfielder.
The 43-year-old knows the Midlands very well, playing for Derby, Coventry and of course Blues. Also coaching for the latter two, Carsley has established himself as one of the best English coaches around.
The former Real Madrid assistant manager earned his Middlesbrough side promotion in the 2015/16 season. He has been out of work since being sacked the following season. Not only does Karanka know this league very well, he would also be able to link up with Jeff Vetere, who also has those Madrid and Spanish speaking perks. Would the Spaniard take a risk with Blues?
A name that crops up after every sacking, Pearson may be the obvious choice for a Championship club and could prove to be a valuable acquisition.
The 54-year-old had a tough spell at Derby, but football fans are quick to forget what he did for Leicester. He guided the East Midlands club to the Premier League and kept them up the season after, providing the building blocks for them to go on to win the title. Also, he’s most probably still living in the Midlands so a short move to B9 might be an attractive one.
After being sacked from Palace last season, Pardew has been linked with every vacancy under the sun in recent times. He was also one of the favourites to take over Gianfranco Zola before Harry came in.
The 56-year-old is proven in England, taking West Ham and Palace to two FA Cup finals in recent years. The former Newcastle gaffer will want to get his managerial career back on track and what better to work his way up from the Championship? Only if he keeps his dancing moves off the pitch this time though…
Cotts helped Redknapp save the club from the Championship trap door last campaign. In just 3 games he gave the team the belief to grind out results. Now that he’s left, Blues haven’t been able to hit the ground running, I wonder why?
The 53 year-old has previously managed Burnley, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City. It may be a long shot, but he’s definitely the favourite to take over among the St Andrews faithful. Not only does he know the out’s and ins of this league, but he also guided Bristol to it. Will he give up his punditary at Sky for a return to Blues?
So all-in-all it’s testing times yet again for TTA, only time will tell if they have a plan B and if Harry’s dismisal was the right decision. As always though, the fans will Keep Right On and it’s worth reminding ourselves no one is bigger than the badge.
We’ve created a poll below out of these five so you can vote on who you want to see take the hotseat:
Aitor Karanka leads the bookies’ choice to be the next man in charge, but the punters have seen it differently, with just over a third of bets placed on caretaker boss Lee Carsley.
The second favourite Carsley is currently 2/1 to take the job over full time.
The volume of bets placed on Carsley has been twice as many as the 16% put on Karanka.
Steve Cotterill (3/1) has also received a healthy volume of bets, with 26% of punters convinced he’ll come back to Birmingham.
Outside of these three, Nigel Pearson (10/1) and Alan Pardew (16/1) seem to have garnered some interest with punters, but the short odds for Karanka, Carsley and Cotterill suggest it will be one of them.