Birmingham City Interview Manager With 9% Win Ratio

Birmingham City had a disastrous campaign this season, one which ended in relegation to League One for the first time in almost 30 years following a 1-0 victory at home to promotion hopefuls Norwich City on the final day.

Hull City‘s failure to beat Plymouth Argyle resigned the Blues to the third tier as fans poured onto the St. Andrew’s pitch to vent their frustrations towards the ownership for a string of calamitous decisions made throughout the season.

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The first, and most notorious, came in the aftermath of a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion in the West Midlands Derby when John Eustace was in charge. The side lifted themselves into the top six yet the board decided to pull the plug on Eustace’s tenure, appointing Wayne Rooney in the process.

During the infamous relegation campaign which will long be remembered in the minds of the supporters, the first-team had four different managers, including former Derby County and Millwall boss Gary Rowett who took over on an interim basis after Tony Mowbray took a leave of absence due to ill health. Mowbray has subsequently left St. Andrew’s permanently and a search has now been taking place to find his successor.

Football Insider released a report at noon today claiming that the Birmingham City board have held talks with ex-Derby, Chelsea and Everton manager Frank Lampard, who has been unemployed since leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of last season, having picked up merely one victory in 11 matches in charge of the Blues which is a win ratio of merely 9%.

Furthermore, the outlet are claiming that Burnley have been in talks with Lampard about becoming the successor for his former Manchester City teammate Vincent Kompany after the Belgian was appointed at the helm of Bayern Munich.

Writer’s View

This would certainly be an interesting appointment for the bitter rivals of West Bromwich Albion. The most successful spell of Lampard’s managerial career was his time at Pride Park. The ex-England international guided the Rams to the play-off final and to the cusp of Premier League promotion before leaving for his beloved Chelsea.

However, his post-playing career hasn’t gone as well as he’d like. Two failed stints in West London and one at Everton have made him a less-than-ideal candidate to take Birmingham City back to the Championship. Alex Neil is a far better option for the board to take at this moment in time.

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