Steve McClaren storms into the frame for Birmingham job

by Jack Kitson / 21 September 2017, 11:14

Birmingham City left themselves in a sticky situation last weekend after sacking Harry Redknapp with no clear back up plan. A whole host of names have already been linked with the Blues post, the latest of which is a certain Steve McClaren.

We can hear the groans from here.

The former England boss entered into the betting at 16/1 on Tuesday, but the umbrella-loving boss has since been slimmed down to just 5/1 to return to the Championship dugout with managerless Birmingham.

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Since leaving his post at The Three Lions nearly 10 years ago McClaren has had spells in both Germany and Holland, with differing levels of success with FC Twente (won the title) and Wolfsburg (lasted 24 games).

The 56-year-old has also had stints back in England with Nottingham Forest, Derby (twice), and Newcastle, while he’s currently a coaching consultant at Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv, a position he’s held since August.

Whether McClaren is the man to resurrect Birmingham following a poor start to the season is open to debate...

The Blues are on a six game losing streak in all competitions, while they’re down in 23rd in the league with just one win from their opening eight matches.

Lee Carsley has been placed in caretaker charge of the club, and providing there isn’t a dramatic change of events in the next 48 hours, the former Brentford boss will lead the first team on Saturday away to Derby, who are managed by former Blues gaffer Gary Rowett.

Carsley features in the top echelons of the next Birmingham manager market alongside Steve Cotterill, who helped out Redknapp last season, and former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka.

Former Southampton and Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins remains in the mix, with McClaren entering the frame at a best-priced 10/1 (Bet Victor), although he’s half that price with other bookmakers.

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