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Birmingham City weighing up managerial move for 39-year-old

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Championship side Birmingham City are currently weighing up Forest Green Rovers manager Rob Edwards as a potential successor for current incumbent Lee Bowyer, according to a Patreon report from journalist Alan Nixon.

The 39-year-old has done a remarkable job with the League Two side this term, guiding them to the third tier with ease despite a mid-season wobble a couple of months ago, currently sitting in second place at this stage and can still win the title if they win and better Exeter City’s result next weekend.

With this, Edwards has inevitably attracted interest from elsewhere with second-tier outfit Birmingham thought to be searching for their replacement for current boss Bowyer despite not officially parting company with the 44-year-old yet.

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After enduring a promising start to the campaign, even climbing into fourth place in September following a promising end to the 2020/21 campaign under their current boss, they have declined since then and look set to finish in 20th place following their draw against Cardiff City yesterday afternoon.

Bowyer found the West Midlands outfit in a similar position when he took over last March – and with that – he now looks set to head for the exit door at St Andrew’s.

They won’t be short of competition for Edwards’ services though with fourth-tier side Salford City also thought to be interested in a move for him, though Birmingham may be the more attractive option at this stage as a club in a superior league.

The Verdict:

Unfortunately, the Blues’ issues run far deeper than the manager and this is why the board also need to step up to the plate off the pitch this summer to improve the mood at the club and deliver the signings Bowyer or his potential successor will need.

In fairness to the second-tier side’s current boss, the recruitment has been pretty much spot on since his arrival barring the arrival of Chelsea’s Juan Castillo, who just didn’t manage to make the grade at St Andrew’s.

But although the off-field situation needs to be sorted out, Bowyer also has to be accountable for some of his on-field decisions, though you feel he should be given a better situation off the pitch and a fresh season to try and get things right.

If Edwards is available though as an up-and-coming manager, it may be worth pursuing a move for him if Bowyer was to go because the 39-year-old has already proved himself to be a real asset in the EFL.

He may also be key in luring some gems from the third and fourth tiers to St Andrew’s and considering the limited budget the club is likely to be working within when the summer comes along.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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