Steve Cotterill odds and Aitor Karanka bets head market and next Birmingham City manager tips
FootyOn give next Birmingham City manager tips with Harry Redknapp axed and Steve Cotterill odds and Aitor Karanka bets heading the market.
Although initially saving the Blues from relegation last term, Redknapp has presided over six straight defeats in all competitions this season and that poor run has led to his sacking.
Birmingham now seek a sixth different permanent manager since Alex McLeish steered them to League Cup glory, but also brought them down from the Premier League in 2011.
Redknapp joins Chris Hughton, Lee Clark, Gary Rowett and Gianfranco Zola in departing the St Andrew’s dugout over the last six years, having revolutionised the Blues squad with 14 summer signings.
Who’s in the frame to take on the West Midlands outfit? Read on as we assess BetVictor‘s market and provide next Birmingham City manager tips…
Steve Cotterill odds slashed for role
Redknapp’s old assistant left St Andrew’s before this season, but is touted to return as his successor after Cotterill’s price was slashed in half from a first-show 6/1.
Possessing plenty of Championship managerial experience from spells at Stoke City, Burnley, Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, he is also familiar with the current Birmingham setup.
Steve Cotterill odds have him the 3/1 joint-favourite and, from last term at least, would give some continuity for the Blues.
Whether he can succeed and turn things around where Redknapp’s magic failed, however, remains to be seen.
Aitor Karanka bets also now a cut-price
One-time Real Madrid assistant to Jose Mourinho, Karanka was last in charge of first-team affairs at Middlesbrough – a side he got into the Premier League.
Although Boro struggled for goals following their top-flight return, the Spaniard’s three-and-a-half years at The Riverside proved largely successful until he was sacked in March.
Karanka established the Teesside team as Championship promotion contenders after taking over a side languishing in mid-table during autumn 2013.
While Middlesbrough lost the 2015 play-off final, they bounced back and earned automatic promotion the following season.
Aitor Karanka bets, which were as big as 12/1 in the early betting, are now a much shorter price, as he’s 3/1 joint-favourite to be next Birmingham boss.
Lee Carsley may be reluctant to take on permanent role
Former Blues midfielder Carsley has been appointed as caretaker, having done a similar temporary job at Coventry City and Brentford.
The ex-Republic of Ireland international was reticent to take up the head coach role permanently at the Bees, as he had been employed to work with the youth teams and admitted he preferred that.
It may be the same again at Birmingham for Carsley, who is a 5/1 chance to succeed Redknapp full-time, although there are now a number of players he knows from Brentford in the squad.
As well as similar development squad duties in the St Andrew’s academy, Carsley is also England Under-21 assistant under Aidy Boothroyd.
The pair are currently working with a crop of young players that won the Under-20 World Cup and Under-19 European Championship this past summer.
Could Nigel Pearson’s Midlands tour continue?
Blues fans will have looked enviously across the Midlands at the Cinderella story of Leicester City.
Pearson’s role in laying the foundations for the Foxes’ against all odds Premier League triumph under successor Claudio Ranieri is an understated one.
In two spells, he took Leicester from League One into the top flight and kept them up.
That sterling work, despite a subsequent underwhelming stint with Derby County, is to his credit with Pearson a 10/1 chance to take Birmingham on.
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