As Birmingham City look for yet another manager with all sorts of names supposedly in the frame according to the bookmakers I wonder if the time is right to appoint from within. I don’t pay too much attention to the bookies odds because it is in their interest to get people waging money on those who have no chance of getting the job.
However caretaker boss Lee Carsley keeps on impressing everyone who hears him speak about the game and the club. He is a Blues fans as are all his family but he insists he does not want the job as the time is not right for him.
He won’t thank me for writing this but I wonder if you can ever pick the right time surely sometimes you have to grab the opportunity if it arises. Now let’s be very clear no one at the club has said Lee is the man the board want to appoint. However I wonder what difference a few good results and fan power would do. We saw at derby what the supporters think of him as they witnessed a spirited display. The chant was “he’s one of our own”. That just may buy him more time to sort things out if he were to be offered and take the job.
Lee has a clear career path mapped out in his mind and understandably does not want any blots on his CV. His career has been distinguished both as a player and coach having played 472 league games many in the Premier League.
His coaching roles have been varied and have included Manchester City, England, Coventry, Brentford and now Birmingham City where he is Head coach of U23s development team.
He was caretaker at Coventry but it was at Brentford that he shone as head coach winning October Manager of the Month in the Championship. During his time as head coach at Griffin Park he had a 50% win ratio.
As I said Lee won’t thank me for saying it but in my opinion now looks the right time for him and for Blues. However it is unlikely due to Lee’s stance and it looks like the board are deep into interviewing applicants with unconfirmed names such as Aitor Karanka, Steve Cotterill, Quique Flores, Alan Pardew Nigel Adkins, Billy Davies, Aidy Boothroyd and Gus Poyet among the bookies favourites depending, of course, on which bookies list you look at.
Whoever the directors name as the new boss it will be the most important appointment for years because without any doubt whatsoever the club cannot afford another managerial mistake. The Championship looks certain to get tougher and tougher to get out of and into the Premier League due to the amount of money relegated clubs will have. Time is not a luxury blues can afford and that also applies to Villa and Wolves.