This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
FC Groningen manager Danny Buijs has emerged as a contender to replace Pep Clotet at Birmingham City, as per the Daily Mail.
Clotet will be leaving St. Andrew’s at the end of the season, with the likes of Nigel Clough, Lee Bowyer and Chris Hughton all being mentioned as potential replacements for the Spaniard.
But now, Buijs has emerged as a contender on Blues’ radar, after a positive tenure of Groningen so far.
The 38-year-old has spent two years in charge of the Dutch outfit now, winning 25 out of 65 games and guiding the club to a ninth-placed finish in the 2019/20 Eredivisie campaign.
Buijs has also spent time at the helm of Kozakken Boys between 2016 and 2018, winning an impressive 39 out of 72 games.
Here, the FLW team discuss this potential appointment…
It would be a risky move, there’s no getting away from that.
Buijs looks to have adjusted to life in management really well indeed, winning plenty of games and not looking out of place in what is a competitive Eredivisie division.
But the Championship is such a tough league to crack, and Birmingham have struggled for a number of seasons now.
Clotet is only young in the managerial world, and he has found it tough at the helm of Blues, and I feel that they need someone who is much more experienced than Buijs.
This is an interesting one but I can’t say I’m wholly convinced.
Birmingham City are looking for someone to help take them to the next level and though I thought they’d push for an experienced head, it seems they’re eyeing up a young coach in Danny Buijs.
The Dutchman has taken Groningen from around the bottom of the Eredivisie to a ninth place finish this season and the Blues will be hoping that he can help them ascend the table in a similar way.
Outside that, his only real experience is with a Dutch third tier side and I can’t say I’m wholly convinced that he is exactly what Birmingham should be looking for. I like the idea of bringing in a young, impressive coach but I’d question whether Buijs has shown enough yet.
The Blues have got the luxury of time on their side, they need to use it and ensure they make the right call.
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I’m not sure he’d be the right manager at this moment in time.
Clotet was a relatively unknown name in English football when he was appointed as Birmingham boss, and he’s not coped very well with the Blues.
Therefore, I think the club should be targeting a move for a manager that has experience in English football instead.
The likes of Slavisa Jokanovic and Chris Hughton are both better options to have instead of Buijs in my eyes, and I think it would be too big of a gamble to appoint the FC Groningen boss ahead of the 2020/21 season.
Birmingham have to get this appointment right, otherwise they’re going to struggle to stay afloat in the Championship next term.
I’d never be surprised if Blues did this.
Good appointment? I’m not sure to be honest, he did a decent job with Groningen this season as they finished mid-table in the Eredivisie and so that’s at least a positive.
What strikes me, though, is that Blues have apparently said they want someone with experience and promotion knowhow yet here they are getting linked with a young manager who has never experienced life in the dugout in the second tier in this country.
It’s the sort of thing that happens at St Andrew’s, though, and if he did get it I would say good luck to him because he’d probably need to prove himself pretty quickly.