Kevin Phillips has confirmed that he would be interested in replacing Pep Clotet at Birmingham City at the end of the season.
Blues announced on Mondsy afternoon that Clotet would be leaving his role as head coach at the end of the season, after spending one year in charge of the West Midlands side.
The 43-year-old arrived at St. Andrew’s as Garry Monk’s assistant in March 2018, but became head coach when Monk parted company with the club at the end of a turbulent campaign last term.
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As well as hoping to end the season on a high, Birmingham will now be identifying potential replacements for Clotet in preparation for what they hope will be a positive 2020/21 campaign.
But speaking to Birmingham Live, former Blues striker Kevin Phillips has confirmed that he is interested in the managerial role at St. Andrew’s.
The 46-year-old is no stranger to the St. Andrew’s faithful, having played for Blues over 80 times between 2008 and 2011, scoring 22 goals in the process.
Phillips has had experience of coaching in the Championship with Leicester City, Derby County and more recently, at Stoke City with Gary Rowett.
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.”
I think Birmingham should avoid thinking about hiring Phillips as their next manager.
It has been a solid season for Blues, and next season, they will look to build and improve and look to close the gap between lower-half to the top-six.
They need an experienced head in charge, I feel. Someone who can control the whole club and give them confidence on and off the pitch.
Experience isn’t everything, though, as proved by the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, and Phillips knows the club really well indeed.