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Significant update emerges on Mark Venus’ future at Birmingham City

Birmingham City have placed recent caretaker manager Mark Venus on gardening leave, a new report from Football Insider has claimed.

Birmingham City have had a challenging season for a number of reasons. Their move to replace John Eustace with Wayne Rooney was an ill-fated one but after bringing in Tony Mowbray in place of the latter, the new boss was forced to take a period of medical leave.

Mowbray’s long-term no.2 Mark Venus assumed the role as caretaker manager in the meantime. However, after only one point in six Championship games, the Blues took action and named Gary Rowett as interim manager in his place.

The move has cast doubt over the futures of both the absent Mowbray and recent stand-in Venus. And now, fresh claims have emerged over the latter’s situation at St. Andrew’s.

According to a report from Football Insider, Birmingham City have placed Venus on gardening leave. It leaves further questions over Mowbray’s future too, with the club refusing to comment on the matter at the time of writing.

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A tough situation

It’s been a hard matter for Birmingham City to navigate in recent months. Of course, the leave of absence for Mowbray was a necessary one. His personal health is his chief priority and in naming Venus in his place, the Blues had a swift replacement and one that could help continue the work Mowbray had started.

When results weren’t coming though, the Blues had no choice but to act. Many would argue an external interim manager should have come in when Mowbray’s leave was first confirmed, but Rowett now comes in looking to have an immediate impact back at St. Andrew’s.

Birmingham City sit 21st in the Championship table as it stands. They’re only out of the relegation zone on goal difference as they gear up for a crucial clash against QPR on Good Friday.

Avoiding a drop to League One is of the utmost importance and a win against the R’s would go a long way in the fight for survival.

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