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“Would be an excellent appointment” – Birmingham City in talks with 59-year-old: The verdict

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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…

Birmingham City have been linked with Mark Warburton after his exit from Championship rivals QPR.

According to Football Insider, the Blues are in talks to appoint Warburton with Lee Bowyer’s future unclear.

So, would he be a good appointment? And would it be a step up from Bowyer?

We quizzed our FLW writers…

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Simmey Hannifin-Donaldson

Mark Warburton is certainly an interesting proposition for Birmingham City should they get rid of Lee Bowyer.

Having managed the likes of Brentford, Rangers, Nottingham Forest, and QPR he is far more experienced than Bowyer – perhaps something Birmingham will be looking for in their next manager.

He also has plenty of experience in getting a team challenging at the top end of the table, and given that is where a club the size of Birmingham should ultimately be aiming, perhaps he may be a fitting appointment.

The most concerning thing should perhaps be QPR’s fall off this season, with the club missing out on a play-off place under Warburton in the end after occupying a top six spot for large parts of the season.

If that doesn’t put them off though, Warburton is a steady pair of hands at this level, and would likely get the club heading back in the right direction.

Billy Mulley

I think is exactly the kind of managerial appointment that could help Birmingham thrive again next season.

Warburton managed to pick QPR up from a similar position and convert them to a play-off chasing side, all whilst bringing a more exciting style of play to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Birmingham currently find themselves in a continuous loop and they are looking for something to end that cycle, and the appointment of Warburton has every chance of doing just that.

On reflection, Warburton did an excellent job with the R’s, during a time where the need of cutting costs and generating funds via their top players was prioritised, a difficult situation for a manager to be in.

Given another opportunity in the Championship, I am sure he will thrive.

Toby Wilding

This feels like it would be an excellent appointment for Birmingham if they managed to pull it off.

Warburton worked wonders during his time with QPR, taking the club from one stuck in the bottom half of the Championship table, to one that regularly competed for a place in the play-offs, and in some rather tricky circumstances.

As a result, you get the feeling that Warburton would be well suited to the sort of challenge he would find at Birmingham, with the club having been underperforming at the wrong end of the second-tier standings for some time now.

Indeed, amid all the frustration not surprisingly being vented at the Birmingham board and owners right now, a seemingly sensible, and somewhat statement appointment given Warburton’s relatively recent success, could be just what the club need to start moving in the right direction with regards to their relationship with the club’s fanbase again.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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