With the departure of fan favourite Harry Redknapp, the big question on every Blues fan’s lips is; “who next?”
As it stands, former Blues midfielder and England u23’s Coach Lee Carsley has taken over the role, on a caretaker manager basis, but many other names are being thrown around to take the job permanently.
Carsley has spoken up and identified the fact that perhaps a more experienced football league coach would be a better option for blues going forward.
“It needs a manager that has been there and done it with a proven track record”.
I am sure he wouldn’t lack passion and would certainly connect with the fans the same way Redknapp did, but he may be correct in that we need a man that has ‘been there, done that’ at championship level.
Currently, according to Sky Bet, Aitor Karanka is favourite at 15/8, closely followed by Steve McClaren at 3/1.
With a four year spell at Middlesbrough, three of which in the championship, Karanka certainly has the credentials to take over at Blues and possibly lead us further up the table. With great new additions such as Isaac Vassell, Jota and Jeremie Boga, he wouldn’t be short on attacking options to increase goal ratios, and improve the points tally.
Steve McClaren is a man who will definitely divide opinion amongst Bluenoses. With dismissals from Derby, Newcastle and then Derby once more, it could be argued that he perhaps doesn’t have what it takes to shoot Blues up the table.
However, let’s not forget the fact that he has a 48% win percentage, compared to Redknapps 40%, and Zola’s 32%.
Steve Cotterill, who of course helped Redknapp as an assistant in last season’s relegation survival, is also one of the names in the running. Again, no stranger to Championship football, previously in charge of Bristol City and Nottingham forest. But could he be the successor from Harry to take Blues forward?
A new name thrown into the list is Quique Sanchez Flores, currently in charge of Spanish side Espanyol. He currently sits at 10/1. A man with an eye for deadly attacking partnerships, such as Deeney and Ighalo at Watford, would not go a miss at St.Andrews. The Spaniard could potentially bring the best out of the talent we certainly have at the club.
There are plenty of coaches that have been discussed to take over Birmingham, but who would be your favourite? Who is the right man for the job?
Cotterill – 16.5% of bets
Karanka – 15.5% of bets
Carsley – 14.7% of bets
McClaren – 14.2% of bets
Updated odds across the board: https://www.oddschecker.com/football/football-specials/birmingham/next-permanent-manager