Who will replace Pep Clotet at Birmingham?

The news that Pep Clotet will be leaving means Birmingham will start next season with their 7th manager in five campaigns.

The club needs stability and it's something the fans have been crying out for.

On the positive side, it gives the team a fresh start under a manager the supporters might be more convinced about.

Clotet did a good job in tough circumstances, but he didn't convince every Blues fan.

So let's assess the leading contenders and how likely they are to take the reigns at St Andrews.

Lee Bowyer

At the time of writing, the Charlton boss is the favourite for the job.

It's easy to why because he ticks all the boxes.

Firstly, he used to play for Birmingham and is well liked at the club.

Secondly, his style of play isn't too dissimilar from what Clotet was doing.

Thirdly, he's one of the most exciting young managers in the country.

The most important thing though is that he could be available.

The situation behind the scenes at Charlton has always been unsettled and that's no different now.

Now it's not great at Birmingham but it's better, and that's saying something.

If he was offered a job at a club where there's a bit more certainty over the way it's heading, wouldn't you think about it?

Especially when it's a club where you're already well liked.


Neil Warnock

The Championship legend has been out of the game since leaving Cardiff earlier in the season.

Since then, he's seemingly not shown any desire to get back into it.

There's no denying he could very well produce results, his record at this level is astonishing and Lukas Jutkiewicz is his dream player.

But it's difficult to see this actually happening.


Chris Hughton

The ex-Brighton boss is one of the most well-thought of managers to have been in charge at Birmingham in recent years.

Fans weren't particularly pleased with the way he left, but not many will deny he did a brilliant job of juggling the Championship and Europa League in the same season.

He also has a proven record in the second tier and would be a superb appointment.

Will it happen though? It's doubtful.

Hughton has spoken of his desire to get back into management but it will most likely be in the Premier League.

He reportedly turned down the Watford job earlier in the season so he clearly his sights set on a side in the mid-table area of the top flight.


Lee Carsley

This is an intriguing one.

The boyhood Blues fan did have a spell as caretaker manager back in 2017 and steadied the ship after six straight losses.

He's actually got a decent record as an interim, particularly his time at Brentford, but is yet to take on a full time role.

You'd imagine he'd love the job, although how amicable his departure from the club as a coach was in 2018 is unclear.

Is the board willing to give an inexperienced manager a chance though?

Blues fans seem to want someone with more games under his belt.


Slavisa Jokanovic

It's undeniable that the Serbian would be a good appointment.

He's got a great record in the Championship and his style of play would appease a lot of fans who are tired of long-ball football.

The former Fulham and Watford manager is currently of Al-Gharafa in Qatar where you would imagine he's getting paid a healthy sum, which would be an issue.

If Birmingham are willing to get their cheque book out then it could happen.

There might be easier options though.


Craig Gardner

It seems like this would be the easiest option for Birmingham.

That doesn't necessarily mean it's the right one though.

He was the early favourite for the job with the 33-year-old is set to retire at the end of this season, although he's barely played this campaign anyway.

He's more occupied with coaching and seems to be well thought of by the club.

If the board have faith in him, then they might very well take the gamble.

But with fans pleading for an experienced man at the helm, it might not be the most popular decision.


Mark Robins

The Coventry boss has turned a lot of heads with the success he's achieved at the Sky version of the Blues.

He's managed a double promotion despite politics behind the scenes meaning they've had to play their matches at Birmingham's St Andrews!

You'd have thought he'd want to continue what he's started as he takes his side into the Championship for the first time in 8 years.

Although Coventry's aim next season will be to stay in the league, so maybe Robins might be tempted by a club with loftier ambitions.



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