As Birmingham City try to cope with the fall-out of an unthinkable relegation and hold on to key players such as Roger Johnson and Scot Dann, manager Alex McCleish dropped the bombshell of announcing his resignation. Despite refusing to accept it, the Birmingham city board will inevitably begin to their search for a new boss. The question is…who are the candidates?
Chris Hughton represents a chance for Birmingham to obtain a manager relatively cheaply. His experience with Newcastle has shown that he clearly has the ability to cope with the demands of a big club playing in the Championship. However, being part of the fabric at Newcastle as he was, it may not be quite so easy to manage a Birmingham side whose squad will be ripped apart in the coming weeks.
Another manager who has pedigree in terms of promotion is Blackpool’s Ian Holloway. A veteran of football league management, Holloway has transformed Blackpool from mediocre relegation candidates into a free-flowing attacking team who were most unfortunate to be relegated. It would only be fair for Holloway to move on to bigger and better things and Birmingham could present him with the chance.
The third candidate for the job is Dave Jones whose recent sacking from Cardiff was downright ridiculous. Year in year out, he has shown an ability to accumulate an entire squad of players and compete at the right end of the table. Jones’ experience in the league would be invaluable providing essential stability at a time of chaos.
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