FC Groningen manager Danny Buijs has taken himself out of the running for the Birmingham City job, insisting that the Dutch club is the right place for him moving forward.
It was announced earlier this month that Blues boss Pep Clotet would be leaving the club at the end of the season to pursue other coaching opportunities.
That has given the Midlands club time to ensure they can appoint the right person to help them progress.
Buijs was one of the more left-field names linked with taking charge at St Andrew’s, having spent two seasons in the Dutch third division and two in the Eredivisie.
He said: “I deliberately renewed my contract here two or three months ago. I am grateful to FC Groningen for the opportunity I had and for the support…”
“That’s why I want to show loyalty by continuing. I see a lot of perspective at FC Groningen to further develop myself as a trainer.”
Some more familiar faces from English football have also been linked with the Birmingham job, such as Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, former Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic and ex-Blues boss Chris Hughton – though it is understood the latter is not keen on a return as things stand.
According to Birmingham Live, Charlton’s Lee Bowyer remains an option, while Mark Robins was contacted on Sunday morning following his League One triumph with Coventry City.
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This always seemed like a bit of a left-field move from the Blues and I don’t think it’s the end of the world for them that he has ruled himself out.
They have the luxury of a bit of time to ensure they make the right decision with a month still to go in the Championship season.
As they look to take the next step, I think they should be looking for a young, up-and-coming manager that knows the EFL or an experienced head that has been there and done it.