Steve Cotterill closes in on Birmingham job

by Jack Kitson / 28 September 2017, 23:38

It's approaching two weeks since Birmingham sent Harry Redknapp packing - for possibly the final time in his managerial career - but now we may have a breakthrough with Redknapp's former assistant Steve Cotterill the 1/5 favourite to take charge of the Championship club.

A whole host of gaffers have been linked with the post since Redknapp's exit, including caretaker boss Lee Carsley, former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, and the likes of Nigel Pearson, Steve McClaren, and Alan Pardew.

But, in fresh developments the Birmingham Mail is reporting that talks with long-standing contender Karanka have crumbled. Subsequently former Bristol City boss Cotterill has been cut to just 1/5 to be the man who replaces Redknapp in the dugout.

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Cotterill has previously had spells at Sligo Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Stoke City, Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth, and Nottingham Forest, while his last position in management was with Bristol City, with whom he led up to the Championship in 2015, but then lost his job the following season.

After a period in the wilderness Cotterill became Redknapp's assistant at Birmingham for the final three games of last season, with the duo memorably keeping the club in the second-tier.

Cotterill had high hopes of bagging the managers job for himself in the summer, but was overlooked in favour of Redknapp, however he could now be in line to return to St Andrews just four months later.

For the time being at least caretaker Carsley will oversee the first team once again this weekend as he attempts to continue his unbeaten start away to Hull, having picked up four points from two games so far.

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