According to the Daily Mail, former Brentford manager Lee Carsley is wanted by two Sky Bet Championship clubs to join their coaching team. Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest are hoping to snap up the former Republic of Ireland international midfielder.
Carsley is out of work after leaving his role in the Manchester City Academy last season, where he predominantly worked with the Under-18 side with the Citizens. He has managerial experience of the Championship from a relatively brief spell at Brentford, and Harry Redknapp and Mark Warburton are keen to hire him in time for next season.
Redknapp is hoping to bring Kevin Bond, a close friend and previous colleague, to the club to act as his assistant manager. He has already said that this will go ahead but there hasn’t been any official confirmation from the football club. He has been managing out in Hong Kong, so there could be some complications. Carsley was born in Birmingham and previously played for the club between 2008 and 2010.
Nottingham Forest clearly would like to bring Carsley to the City Ground too. Warburton is looking install his own authority onto the club now he has his first pre-season to look forward too. Not only does he want to sign him own players, but add to the coaching staff as well it seems.
Carsley, aged 43, was in charge of the development squad at Brentford before he was appointed caretaker back in September 2015. This came after Marinus Dijkhuizen was sacked after a poor start to the season, an appointment the club hierarchy has readily admitted did not work. Carsley didn’t express a desire to become the manager on a longer term basis, briefly assisting newly appointed Dean Smith for a period of time.