Next Birmingham City Manager Odds

Under their new ownership, Birmingham City Football club are becoming known for their rotating door of managers leaving the club. They haven't exactly accumulated the reputation of Watford but after both John Eustace and Wayne Rooney were sacked within four months of the Championship season, Birmingham City fans will be worried about the direction the club are going, especially with the club in the play-off positions when Eustace was sacked and in 20th position when Rooney was sacked.

Next Manager to be Sacked Odds

Many argued that the owners of Birmingham City had a winning mentality, that sixth wasn't enough and that the philosophy that Rooney would bring from his time in the U.S and at Manchester United would meet the club culture. However, Eustace left the club after guiding the club to their highest points total since 2016 and their best start to a season in an even longer period but overall, Eustace's win percentage was 33.33%, so when looking at the long term, it perhaps comes as no surprise that Eustace was replaced by the former DC United and Derby County manager.

It comes as even less of a shock that Wayne Rooney's spell at St Andrew's was arguably one of the worst in the history of Birmingham City football club.

Who will be the next permanent manager of Birmingham City?

The overall aim of Birmingham City football club will be to eventually return to the Premier League. However, the next head coach at St Andrew's might not be the person they believe will be best suited to do that. The main reason cited when the owners decided to replace John Eustace was for the culture of the club, Birmingham supporters will be hopeful that a manager is brought in to push them back to the top half of the table rather than to focus on 'club culture' but it raises a lot of questions regarding who will the new manager.

If Tom Wagner and his group acknowledge their error, then you may see one of the previously sacked Championship managers take control of the club going forward. The likes of Tony Mowbray and Alex Neil have been linked with the job early on but the likes of Neil Warnock and Gary Rowett could be tempted to take the role. The latter - Rowett, previously managed Birmingham City with some success but was also a victim to being sacked due to a change in ownership. The previous regime sacked Rowett with Birmingham City sat in 7th position. In that scenario, Rowett was replaced with Gianfranco Zola, who was sacked after four months with two wins in 24 games.

That decision was one that Birmingham City never recovered from and it looks like history might be due to repeat itself. Last time out, after Zola was sacked, Harry Redknapp was brought in to steer the ship - could Neil Warnock be brought in to do the same job in 2024?

An American Manager best suited for Birmingham City's new owners?

Birmingham City fans will be hoping that Steve Cooper or Will Still take on the manager role at the club as it would be a sign of ambition that has been unseen by Birmingham in recent years. However, Blues fans may be better off looking in the direction of Jesse Marsch - given their position, Marsch would be a coup for the club and would likely fit with the culture that the club are looking to instil in the backroom.

Marsch also has a history of performing in English football without having a transfer window to work with. In his first two games at Leeds, they lost their first two games without scoring. However, Leeds hit a run of form starting with a late victory against Norwich City and would only lose to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea in the remaining 10 games, picking up three wins in four games after a spell of just three wins in 18 games as Leeds United overtook Burnley to avoid relegation. Marsch was sacked from Leeds United with the club in 14th position, they would subsequently be relegated that season.

So Marsch has the credentials that Birmingham City would be looking for but will he ultimately be the appointment that Birmingham make?

Could a John Eustace return be on the cards?

Could the next Birmingham City manager be a former face? It would be huge of the Birmingham City board to turn around, admit their mistake and re-hire John Eustace. Eustace was a major fan favourite and with local rivals Aston Villa performing so well, Birmingham City need to get themselves away from the relegation zone and install that winning culture as soon as possible. Eustace was pushing Birmingham in the right direction and has a winning culture around him turning Kidderminster Harriers into the 'non-league Barcelona' while pushing them into the playoffs.

His managerial career may lack trophies but it certainly still contains accolades, Championship betting odds had Birmingham to finish 24th when Eustace joined and since his arrival, Birmingham City were never in danger of relegation.

Many regard Birmingham City as a sleeping giant of English football and with Ashley Cole and John O'Shea being added to the backroom staff in coaching roles under Wayne Rooney with some exciting young players added across the Summer transfer windows, Birmingham fans would have been absolutely delighted with the ambition. However, the execution has been poor and both the players and coaching staff would likely welcome Eustace back with open arms.

This is a defining moment for the American owners at Birmingham City, will they get this decision correct? After Wayne Rooney's spell flopped, they could risk being relegated from the second tier if they get this decision wrong.

When was Wayne Rooney hired as Birmingham City manager?

Wayne Rooney was named manager of Birmingham City football club on a three and a half year contract. Wayne's arrival came after the sacking of manager John Eustace on October 11th. Carl Robinson also left his role as assistant coach following Eustace's sacking.

When was Wayne Rooney fired as Birmingham City manager?

Birmingham City sacked manager Wayne Rooney after the former England striker spent 83-days in the job. Rooney failed to bring a winning culture or produce an attack minded team, which is a reason cited for his departure.

Rooney managed Birmingham's first team for 15 games, with a win ratio of 13.3%. His two wins came against Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City but the club suffered nine defeats during this period.

Previous Birmingham City managers

TenureManagerWin Ratio
Oct 23 - Jan 24Wayne Rooney13.3%
July 22 - Oct 23John Eustace33.3%
Mar 21 - Jul 22Lee Bowyer28.8%
Jul 20 - Mar 21Aitor Karanka21.1%
Jun 19 - Jul 20Pep Clotet27.7%
Mar 18 - Jun 19Garry Monk32.2%
Oct 17 - Mar 18Steve Cotterill25.9%

*Craig Gardner, Steve Spooner and Lee Carsley not included with caretaker roles at St Andrews.

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