birmingham city, 42-year-old in early talks over vacant Birmingham City job, reporter claims

42-year-old in early talks over vacant Birmingham City job, reporter claims

Birmingham City have held initial talks with Alex Neil over their vacant managerial position, as per reporter John Percy.

Birmingham City are on the hunt for a new boss after confirmation that Tony Mowbray would be stepping down from his post following an extended leave of medical absence.

Temporary options Mark Venus and Gary Rowett were unable to right the sinking ship at St. Andrew’s and they were relegated to League One on the final day of the 2023/24 season.

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Attention has swiftly turned to planning for a brighter future though, with the Blues still holding ambitious aims for the coming years despite their drop from the Championship.

Now, after confirmation of Mowbray’s exit, talks have been held with Alex Neil.

Writing on X, reporter John Percy revealed that Birmingham City have held initial discussions with the 42-year-old over their vacant managerial post. The appointment process is ‘still ongoing’ though, so it seems the Blues haven’t zeroed in on their leading candidate quite yet.

Back in the dugout?

Neil has become a Championship mainstay over recent years having broken into management at a young age.

The 42-year-old took his first managerial post at Hamilton Academical 11 years ago in 2013 and has only led English clubs since 2015. He’s managed Norwich City, Preston North End, Sunderland and Stoke City, being sacked by the latter in December.

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Neil notably led Sunderland back to the Championship in 2022, so that experience could make him an ideal candidate for vacant job at St. Andrew’s.

As Percy says though, their appointment process is not yet closed, so new names may yet pop up as Birmingham City search for their Mowbray successor.

An important appointment

It’s vital that the Blues get this next appointment spot on, so they’d be wise to take their time with the process as they weigh up the ideal candidate to lead them forward.

Despite relegation and some questionable decisions from the club hierarchy, the relationship between the ownership and supporters remains strong. That is largely down to the exciting plans they have for the future after years of ownership wrangles and mismanagement.

However, if this next appointment goes wrong, doubts may start to creep in. After all, Birmingham City sacked a succeeding John Eustace for Wayne Rooney in a move that started the decline in the 2023/24 season.

Time will tell if the Neil talks come to anything, but he could be a good candidate for the Blues job as they look to rebuild this summer.

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