Ex-Birmingham City Manager Eyes Shock Return

Steve Bruce is interested in returning to his old club Birmingham City if current boss Tony Mowbray is unable to return to work, according to Football Insider.

The 63-year-old previously managed the Blues between 2001 to 2007 before moving to Wigan Athletic in controvesial circumstances. He was in the hot-seat for over 260 games, averaging 1.38 points per game. Since then, he has managed the likes of Hull City and had stints in the Premier League with Newcastle United and Aston Villa, with his most recent job being with West Bromwich Albion back in 2022.

It has been speculated, however, that the current hierarchy do not wish to keep Gary Rowett in charge and that Tony Mowbray may possibly leave the role permanently following his temporary medical lay-off in February this year.

In a season of upheaval, Birmingham have struggled. They have had to negotiate four different managers, starting with John Eustace, who was a shock departure in October with the club sitting in the play-off positions. The American owners decided to give Wayne Rooney a chance following a stint at DC United, but he too would leave in January with the club after just 15 games in charge.

Tony Mowbray replaced the former England international before his untimely departure on medical grounds just a few weeks later. Gary Rowett would finish the managerial merry go-round in a tumultuous season. As a result, the Blues suffered relegation to League One alongside Yorkshire duo Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United

It is said that Bruce is ready to return to management after a two-year spell out the game, and he has already contacted his former employers to inform them of his interest. 

Writer’s View

Bruce would be an interesting appointment given how he left first time round, but his experience is invaluable. The Blues will be looking for stability following such changes this season. Having managed all over the country, he’s bound to have some good contacts to potentially attract the best players possible with the budget they have.

League One will not be easy to get out of with some brilliant teams in the third tier. Bruce’s experience may give them the edge over some of their rivals though. The same can be said for Mowbray, who looked to be on the verge of turning things around before he was forced to relinquish control. Hopefully, the 60-year-old can return but if not, the Blues’ former manager may be the next best option.

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