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3 managers who could replace harry Redknapp

Birmingham City have parted company with manager harry Redknapp following a 1-3 home defeat at the hands of Preston North End. The defeat left the club on a run of six straight defeats in all competitions, and with six defeats in eight league matches which left ‘The Blues’ languishing in 23rd place in the Championship table. 

Following the departure of Harry Redknapp we take a look at 3 possible replacements that could be sitting in the hot seat for next Saturday’s trip to Derby County.

David Moyes

The Scotsman has been without a job since resigning from his post as Sunderland manager, following the clubs relegation from the Premier League in May 2017. Having started his managerial career with Preston North End, Moyes led the club to the Football League First Division play-offs in 2001 but missed out on promotion to the Premier League losing to Bolton 3-0 in the final.

The following season saw Moyes join Everton, where most say were his best years in management. Leading the club to UEFA cup football in 2007 as well as transforming the Merseyside outfit from a team that were competing near the bottom of the Premier League to a team that were consistently in the top half.

In May 2013 following Alex Ferguson announcing his retirement from Manchester United, the worlds media was informed that David Moyes would be Ferguson’s successor in the United hot seat. Following a turbulent few months in the job, it was announced that Moyes had been sacked by the ‘Red Devils’ as results on the pitch were not good enough.

Moyes then went onto manage Real Sociedad in Spain but lasted just short of a year in the post, before moving to Sunderland where unfortunately he couldn’t keep the side in the Premier League in the 2016-2017 season. The day after it was confirmed they had been relegated, it was announced that Moyes had resigned from his post and would leave the football club.

Alan Pardew

Having managed 6 clubs in his managerial career, including the likes of Reading, West Ham, Charlton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, Pardew could be seen as a good appointment to the Birmingham hot seat.

Having had success at Championship level when he led West Ham to the Premier League via the play-offs in the 2004-2005 season, Pardew went onto to lead the ‘Hammers’ to the UEFA Cup. Following defeat at the hands of Palermo in the first round and coupled with the defeat to Chesterfield in the League Cup it was announced in December 2006 that Pardew had been sacked by the club.

He then went on to manage Charlton and Southampton respectively, where when managing Southampton he led the club to Football League Trophy Success in 2010, the clubs first trophy since 1976, before the club parted company with him five months later.

He then went onto manage Newcastle United, where he was manager for 4 years, before Crystal Palace came calling for him following the sacking of Neil Warnock and Pardew agreed to to join the London outfit.

After just 6 wins in 36 games in 2016 and the club in 17th position in the Premier League, Pardew was relieved of his duties by chairman Steve Parish.

Ryan Giggs

A name that always seems to pop up in recent times when a manager is relieved of his duties is former Manchester United hero Ryan Giggs. Although he has no previous managerial experience, Giggs could be a terrific appointment for Birmingham City as he has won everything that there is a player with the ‘Red Devils’.

He was recently linked with the jobs at Nottingham Forest and Swansea City to name a few, but has yet to dip his toe in management. Having played under Sir Alex Ferguson and having been assistant to Louis Van Goal the dutchman tenure at Old Trafford, he has certainly learnt from two managers who have been there and done it, and this experience could lead him in good stead for his managerial career.

Birmingham City fans who do you want to see in the hot seat next? Would you like to see another experienced manager or a younger manager? Let us know in the comments…

Should Leicester City sign this free agent?

Leicester City have made a poor start to the current 2017/18 Premier League season having won just one of their opening three games with the other two coming in as losses.

 

With this in mind and the fact that the transfer window has slammed shut should Craig Shakespeare go after a free agent to bolster the defence of his squad?

 

The free agent that Leicester could make a move for is Bacary Sagna who is the versatile right-back that Leicester could be looking at adding to the squad. Sagna will bring with him a wealth of experience at the top of the game having played for Arsenal, Manchester City and he also made 65 appearances for the France senior team.

 

Sagna is available to join another club outside the transfer window as he is a free agent after leaving City earlier this summer and he is set to be one of the most in-demand free agents on the market.

 

The 34-year-old spent three seasons at City after joining from Arsenal on a free transfer, making 85 appearances in all competitions for the Etihad club during his time there.

 

The right-back started 17 Premier League games last season, but his contract at the Etihad was not extended when it expired in June with City bringing in two new right-backs in Kyle Walker and Danilo.

 

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare is keen to bring in cover and competition for regular right-back Danny Simpson, and Sagna would fit the bill as he would have no problem settling in having spent the last 10 years playing in the Premier League.

 

Do you think Bacary Sagna would be a good addition to the Leicester City team? Let us know in the comments section below.

2017/2018 Best Championship XI?

With the summer transfer window officially closed, we now know all the official squads in the Championship, before the clubs go through it all again in January. With that in mind we take a look at what we think is the best Championship XI on current form.

John Ruddy – Goalkeeper

The Wolves shot stopper made the switch to Molineux this summer after being released by Norwich City at the end of last season. Having kept 3 clean sheets in the opening 5 games of the Championship season, it is clear to see that Wolves have a safe pair of hands to call upon.

Sol Bamba – Centre Half

Having recently signed a new contract with the ‘Bluebirds’, Bamba and Cardiff have a terrific start to the season. Keeping 3 clean sheets and having chipped in with a goal Bamba has to take his place in this team.

Pontus Jansson – Centre Half

The Leeds man was pivotal to the club finishing just outside the play-offs last season, and has helped the club to the second best defensive record in the Championship so far this campaign. The Swedish centre half is proving to become a fans favourite at Elland Road and has been capped for his national team.

Paul Huntington – Centre Half 

The ever present centre half for Preston North End has helped the club to the best defensive record in the league so far this season and also to 7th place in the league table. At the age of 29 Huntington brings much needed experience to the back line and if Preston continue in this fine form of not conceding goals, they could sneak a play-off!

Ruben Neves – Defensive Midfielder

Perhaps the most bizarre transfer of the summer, as Neves completed his move to Wolves for a fee in the region of £15m. The 20 year has made decent start to life in England as he has scored his first goal for Wolves and helped the club to 4th place in the Championship table.

Bobby Reid – Central Midfielder

The Bristol City central midfielder is joint top scorer in the Championship with 4 goals and has 1 assist to his name which gets him a place in the side. Despite ‘The Robins’ drawing 3 successive games and falling to 14th in the league table, I fully expect them to have a good season and be in the promotion picture come May.

Jota – Right Wing

Making the move to St Andrews on deadline day could prove to be an astute piece of business for Harry Redknapp. Jota became the clubs record signing as he completed his move to the Midlands for fee in excess of £6m, and if he can capture the form he found last season at Brentford where he scored 12 goals and provided 5 assists for his team mates he will prove to a top quality signing for Birmingham.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – Left Wing

The Cardiff winger has certainly found his feet in the Championship as he has opened the season by scoring 4 goals. Making the switch from Rochdale in the summer, the versatile player who can play on either flank, has been in impressive form and has helped the ‘Bluebirds’ to top the Championship table.

Britt Assombalonga – Centre Forward

Guaranteed goals by this man! A Proven striker at Championship level, Assombalonga made the switch to the Riverside Stadium in the summer for £14m, showing that Boro certainly see him as a key figure in the push for an immediate Premier League return. Having started the season scoring. 2 goals in 5 games the Congolese international will be hoping to start firing on all cylinders after the international break.

Billy Sharp – Centre Forward (C)

The experienced striker has scored goals at every level and has proved his worth so far for Sheffield United in the Championship as he has found the net on 4 occasions so far. With the ‘Blades’ sitting in a play-off spot currently, they could certainly be dark horses this season, with Sharp guaranteed to score more goals.

Martyn Waghorn – Centre Forward

What a signing he has proved to be so far this season for Ipswich Town finding the net on 4 occasions also, and also having the best goal to minutes ratio in the Championship as he averages a goal every 62 minutes!

Manager – Neil Warnock

Having turned Cardiff around from a team that was struggling last season to table toppers there was no other manager I could have chose!

Do you agree this is the best Championship XI right now? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

 

Did Birmingham make the signing of the summer?

With all the money that was spent during the summer transfer window, its clear to see that fees for players is continuing to rise year on year. 

Last year we saw Manchester United sign Paul Pogba for a fee believed to be in the region of £89m, and this summer that was blown out of the water by Paris St Germain, who completed the signing of Neymar from Barcelona for €222m.

With big money been spent by Premier League clubs its driving the price of players in the lower leagues up, but on deadline day Birmingham City made a quality signing and a such a good price, as they completed the signing of Jota from Brentford for a fee believed to be in excess of £6m.

Jota – The Spanish midfielder can play on either wing or just behind the striker, offering versatility in his game.

Last season for Brentford he managed to score 12 goals in the Championship and also provide 5 assists for his teammates, and has carried that form into this season where he already has 3 assists in just 4 games. From these statistics it shows that Jota will certainly contribute to the team, and at a fee of just over £6m he could be well be bargain of the summer.

Birmingham City fans are you pleased with the Jota signing? Do you believe you have got yourselves a bargain? Let us know in the comments below…

Harry Redknapp closes in on yet another signing

Birmingham are closing in on Brentford’s Jota, according to Sky Sports News HQ, who understand a £6million fee has been agreed between the two clubs.

Jota has been the subject of interest from Fulham and Middlesbrough in recent weeks, while Premier League Burnley and Swansea were also interested in the Spaniard, but neither firmed up their interest.

It is believed that Middlesbrough and Fulham were keen to follow up their interest, but the price they were quoted, was higher than the £6 million that Birmingham are paying.

Jota has been influential for the Bees throughout his stint in West London, playing a key role in Brentford’s push for promotion in the 14/15 season, where he set the league alight.

Upon his return to Griffin Park last season, after spending time with Eibar, Jota slotted back in seamlessly, scoring a hatful of goals to end the season with, which appears to have earned him a move.