Mark Bowen is keen on replacing Aitor Karanka in charge of Birmingham City, according to Birmingham Live.
Karanka is on the verge of leaving Blues, with various reports claiming that the Spaniard is set to be relieved of his duties by the board.
The 47-year-old took charge in the summer, but has since won only eight out of 38 games at the helm, with Blues sitting 21st and only three points above the drop in the Championship table.
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With Karanka set to leave, Birmingham Live have revealed that Mark Bowen is keen to take over at St. Andrew’s.
Bowen was part of Steve Bruce’s backroom staff at Birmingham and won the play-off final with Blues back in 2002. He has also been Mark Hughes’ assistant manager at the likes of Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Southampton.
The 57-year-old took charge of Reading back in 2019, steering the Royals to safety before being replaced by current manager Veljko Paunovic in August.
Bowen is reportedly keen to come in for the final 10 games of the season, as Blues look to escape the drop and hope Rotherham United don’t pick up too many points from their four games in hand.
Here, we take a look at Birmingham fans’ reactions to the potential appointment of Bowen…
— Dean William Smith (@DeanWSmith79) March 15, 2021
I suggest they look at his history with Blues before giving him a sniff #Judas
— Gary Stevens (@gazstevens63) March 15, 2021
It won’t be someone any good is what I think 🤔
— Hollo (@SolihullBlues) March 15, 2021
Whoever comes in has to face the stark reality that we could be playing League 1 football next season so that will have a major effect on who comes in, which means the likes of Howe and even Lampard coming are remote #BCFC
— Brummie Al (@BluenoseRoyal) March 14, 2021
Wats he ever done as a manager apart from appoint himself at reading….having a laugh
— ANDY (@ANDYBCFC84) March 14, 2021
Don’t want him, bowyer, Neil Harris or Holloway!!!
— Dale Young (@daledeyoung08) March 15, 2021
Nice guy but not for us and definitely NOT Mark Hughes!
— Gary Stevens (@gazstevens63) March 14, 2021
Thanks but no thanks. Not in our position anyway. We need someone proven and I’m gutted we missed @NigelGPearson but at least he got Kawanka out 👏👏👏👍
— Bluenose 🇬🇧🏴🇬🇧🏴 (@beaublue07) March 14, 2021