Kevin Phillips has confirmed that he would be interested in replacing Pep Clotet at Birmingham City at the end of the season.
The club announced on Monday afternoon that Clotet will be leaving the club at the end of the season, as he looks to “explore other coaching opportunities” after spending one year in charge of Blues.
Between now and the end of the season, the club will be identifying potential targets to replace Clotet at St. Andrew’s, with various types of managers out there for Blues to go out and get.
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Former Blues striker Phillips, though, has now thrown his name into the ring, confirming that he would be interested in taking charge of Birmingham in what would be his first stint in management.
The 46-year-old has endured coaching spells at Leicester, Derby and Stoke City, but is keen on stepping into management, and he has seemingly set his sights on replacing Clotet at St. Andrew’s.
Speaking to Birmingham Live, he said: “I would be interested. I have always said I want to get into management, it’s a club I loved playing for and I will always have an affiliation with it.”
The appointment of Phillips would certainly divide fans’ opinions, so here, we take look at two pros and two cons to Blues appointing Phillips…
Pro: He knows the club
Phillips was a great servant for Birmingham during his playing days, scoring 22 goals in over 80 appearances for Blues during a three-year stay at St. Andrew’s.
He was a fans’ favourite and a group of Blues fans would be delighted to see their former player take the reins.
He knows what the club is about and how it’s run and what fans expect, and he would want to do especially well for a club he has a real affiliation with.
Pro: A change in direction
Blues have opted for more experienced options in the past, including the likes of Garry Monk, Harry Redknapp and Gianfranco Zola, but those appointments failed to work out in the end.
They hired an experienced coach in Clotet, and Blues have enjoyed a solid season under the Spaniard who has brought fresh ideas and fresh tactics to the club.
The likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have thrived elsewhere, so it is possible for Phillips to achieve success if he became manager of Blues.
Con: The risk
Above all, this appointment would represent a risk.
After a solid campaign this time around, Blues have a real platform to build on next season, and it’s about time they started to close the gap on themselves and the promotion places.
They are likely to get a huge amount of money for Jude Bellingham this summer, so they will have the chance to strengthen their squad and bring in some real talent to help them achieve their goals.
It would be a risk, though, to throw Phillips into his first managerial stint and let him control the club, especially when there are more experienced options out there for the club.
Con: It could ruin his reputation
If Phillips’ time at Birmingham doesn’t go to plan, them it would certainly tarnish his reputation.
As alluded to before, Phillips is loved by the St. Andrew’s faithful having been such a key player for the club between 2008 and 2011, however that love could go out of the window if Blues struggle under his management.