Spanish boss Victor Sanchez was on Birmingham City’s shortlist before they went for Garry Monk, according to the Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague.

The Championship strugglers did consider the 42 year-old but decided to appoint Garry Monk as they wanted a British manager in the end.

Victor Sanchez was on their shortlist because he has had experience of saving clubs from relegation in Spain before. He saved Deportivo La Coruna from the drop in La Liga in the 2015/16 season and kept Real Betis up last season when it seemed they were certain to get relegated.

As a player, Sanchez had 8 caps for Spain and played for the likes of Real Madrid, Racing Santander, Deportivo, Panathinaikos and Elche. He had to retire at the age of 32 and started his coaching career immediately.

He was installed at the assistant manager of Getafe in 2011 before he had spells as the assistant at Sevilla and Olympiakos. He got his first managerial role at Deportivo la Coruna but he left and joined Olympiakos in the summer of 2016, replacing the former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva.

Sanchez was sacked by Olympiakos after less than two months following them getting knocked out of the Champions League. He then moved to Real Betis in November 2016 and kept them up but resigned in May last year.

There is no doubt that Sanchez is a promising manager and could potentially work in England one day. But a move to Birmingham City is a case of what could have been for the Spaniard.

 

 


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