Birmingham Look To Steve Cotterill As Alex McLeish Quitsby Sean Raymond / 13 June 2011, 14:23Tweet
Birmingham City have started the search for a new manager after Alex McLeish's shock resignation on Sunday. The Scotsman stunned the club yesterday after sending the owners an email - whilst on holiday - announcing his desire to quit the club. As a result the 52-year-old has been installed as the favourite to replace Gerard Houllier as Aston Villa manager, news which is sure to anger City supporters. Portsmouth manager Steve Cotterill has emerged as the early favourite in the Next Birmingham City Betting, whilst Billy Davies, who was sacked by Nottingham Forest yesterday, is also in the running with odds of 7/2 with Paddy Power.
McLeish's surprise decision to quit the Blues has also infuriated the club's owners, Carson Yeung and Peter Pannu, who believe they had shown a lot of faith in him during his time at the club. They are also adamant that they provided him with generous amount of funds in order to allow him to purchase players of his choosing. However, they are now eager to move on and find an immediate replacement, with the likes of Alan Curbishley and Chris Hughton (both 6/1) and Roberto di Matteo (8/1) also in the frame.
Despite a list of big names being linked with the vacancy it is Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill who is the leading candidate, with Paddy Power pricing him at just 2/1. The 46-year-old joined the south coast club last June and in his first season in charge took the club to a 16th place finish in the Championship, a respectable standing considering the club had been in administration for the first part of the season. Birmingham's owners have reportedly been impressed with the former Burnley and Notts County manager and are due to hold talks with him in the next few days.