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Surprise name ‘holds talks’ with Birmingham over becoming new manager

A surprise new name ‘holds talks’ with Birmingham City over becoming their new manager once Pep Clotet leaves at the end of the season.

The Blues looking for a sixth manager in just three and a half years, previously losing Gary Rowett (December 2016), Gianfranco Zola (four months), Harry Redknapp (five months), Steve Cotterill (five months), Monk (15 months) and now Clotet (12 months).

Clotet agreed with the Championship outfit a week ago to step down at the end of this season, with a statement saying he had been allowed to leave “to explore other coaching opportunities”.

Details emerged on Sunday night from Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett, who says Clough ‘has held preliminary talks with Birmingham’s hierarchy’ over becoming the club’s new boss.

Clough resigned as Burton boss four weeks ago, looking for a fresh start in football but to also help Burton out financially, who have been hit hard by lost revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He is also one of the favourites for the job at newly relegated side Bolton Wanderers, with Keith Hill to leave this month.

Clotet still has nine games left, so Birmingham will be in no rush when it comes to appointing a new manager, with the 2020/21 season rumoured to begin at the end of August.

Birmingham are eight points above the relegation places. Last week, the club avoided a potential second points deduction in two years despite the EFL winning its appeal over a misconduct charge against the club.

On June the 20th, they take on high flyers West Bromwich Albion, live on Sky Sports, in their first game back since March.

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Nigel Clough – 7/4
Lee Bowyer – 4/1
Neil Warnock – 6/1
Chris Hughton – 7/1
Lee Carsley – 9/1
Slavisa Jokanovic – 12/1
Craig Gardner – 14/1
Mark Robins – 16/1

A surge in bets have seen former Blues midfielder Lee Bowyer, currently manager of strugglers Charlton Athletic, installed as favourite at 2/1 after previously being 8/1.

Neil Warnock had been named the favourite to takeover five days ago, however those odds have since drifted.

He’s has taken charge of 1,488 games during a 40-year managerial career, and wants to reach the 1,500 milestone, however days before being installed at the top of Sky Bet’s list, he said chances are looking slim.

“It would be a great achievement to get to 1,500 but I can’t see it happening unless it is the end of the season somewhere and someone asks me to help them out,” Warnock told the BBC’s Friday Football Social.

Chris Hughton breaks his silence on Birmingham City links

When asked by ModernSoccerCoach.com if he would consider going back to his former club, he kept his cards very close to his chest.

“You get used to that speculation,” the 61-year-old said.

“One thing I would always say is speculation is always flattering because if someone is talking about you or linking you to a job then it’s something that is flattering.

“What I would also say is when you are commenting on these things you always have to have respect for the club itself.

“I had a wonderful time at Birmingham – it is speculation at the moment.

“Whatever happens with everybody going into that job its a wonderful club that needs to get back to pushing for positions that will allow them to get back into the Premier League.

“Any nice words that I have had said from the Birmingham supporters are always really appreciated.

“I had one year there, we had a wonderful season which saw us play in the Europa Cup.

“I would say in my footballing career it was one of the best years, we travelled across to Europa I had Birmingham City supporters telling me they were hearing Birmingham City songs they hadn’t heard sung for so many years.

“It was a wonderful season. It was a wonderful journey and one I shall never forget.”

Slavisa Jokanovic is looking for a return to English football, amid reports claiming he is top of the Birmingham wish-list, though he will be expensive to bring in from Qatari club Al-Gharafa.

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