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Next Birmingham City Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 January 2024, 13:59

Following a 3-0 defeat to Leeds United on the road and with the team sitting 20th in the EFL Championship, Birmingham City announced the sacking of Wayne Rooney on January 2. The former Premier League star leaves St Andrew’s after just 15 matches in charge during which he recorded two wins, four draws and nine losses.

Rooney was meant to instil an attacking style at the Blues, but it has become clear that this approach was unsustainable, at least not with the 38-year-old in charge. Now, the club needs someone to turn the season around, with the next Birmingham City manager odds already available.

Birmingham City Next Manager Betting List

Steve Cooper, who was coaching in the Premier League until recently, sits atop the Birmingham City next manager odds. The full list includes other interesting candidates, among which is John Eustace, the coach who was fired in October in order to bring Wayne Rooney to St Andrew’s.

Birmingham City Next ManagerBetVictor Odds
Steve Cooper1.91
Gary Rowett4.50
Tony Mowbray4.50
John Eustace5.50
Jesse Marsch6.50

Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper was being linked with Birmingham City even before Wayne Rooney’s dismissal was made official. However, the Blues would have to compete with Crystal Palace in order to make Cooper the next Birmingham City manager, as the Premier League side is also reportedly keeping tabs on the Welshman.

Cooper is currently on the job market as he was sacked by Nottingham Forest in December. The Reds were 17th in the Premier League and on the back of one win in 13 matches at the time of his departure. Nevertheless, we cannot say that the 44-year-old’s stint at City Ground was a failure.

Cooper took charge of Nottingham Forest in 2021/22, and within one year, he took Forest from the bottom of the EFL Championship all the way to Premier League promotion via play-offs. He went on to survive his debut in the top division, finishing 16th after a turnaround in results in the second half of the season.

Forest aside, Steve Cooper also coached Swansea City at the professional level.

Gary Rowett

Gary Rowett could be back coaching in the EFL Championship only a few months after his departure from Millwall. During his time at The Den, Millwall showed consistent results, regularly finishing mid-table but missing out on promotion play-off spots.

The Englishman needs no introduction to the Birmingham City fans as he was both a player and manager at St Andrew’s. Rowett took charge of the Blues during the 2014/15 campaign when Birmingham were sitting in the EFL Championship relegation zone and guided them to a 10th-place finish. The coach was controversially dismissed the next season following the change of ownership at Birmingham despite the team sitting 7th in the table and pushing for play-off spots.

Other than that, Rowett worked with Burton Albion, Derby County and Stoke City. The 49-year-old’s knowledge of the club and of the EFL Championship make him a strong contender in the next Birmingham City manager odds.

Tony Mowbray

Similarly, Tony Mowbray was coaching Sunderland in the EFL Championship until recently. The veteran coach departed the Stadium of Light in December when the Black Cats were ninth in the standings. The Englishman could help stabilise the situation at St Andrew’s if appointed.

Mowbray’s stint with Sunderland was rather short, taking charge in August 2022. The Black Cats finished the 2022/23 campaign in sixth spot but were defeated in the promotion play-offs semi-finals by eventual winners Luton Town. After a drop in results in 2023/24, the club decided to replace the 60-year-old.

Before Sunderland, Mowbray trained Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Middlesbrough, Celtic, West Bromwich Albion and Hibernian. His top achievement must be his spell with West Brom, as he took them to the Premier League after triumphing in the second division in 2007/08. The Baggies did not survive the upcoming season, though, and Mowbray opted for a move abroad.

John Eustace

Birmingham City would have to swallow their pride and amid they committed a mistake if they approached John Eustace over a re-appointment. As per reports, the 44-year-old is be open to a return. Because Eustace is still under contract at St Andrew’s, he would cost the club no additional money. 

Eustace arrived at the Blues ahead of the 2022/23 as it marked his first managerial job at the professional level. Birmingham were considered relegation favourites at the start of the season but the 44-year-old led them to a 17th-place finish with the highest point tally in the last five years. When the owners decided to replace Eustace with Wayne Rooney, Birmingham were sixth in the EFL Championship.

The coach has been partially criticised for his conservative approach at Birmingham but as Rooney has shown, the available squad was not ready for attacking football. One way or another, Eustace definitely deserved more time at St Andrew’s.

Jesse Marsch

Jesse Marsch’s conquest of England did not go too well. While he avoided relegation with Leeds United in 2021/22, the American coach was fired in February 2023 when the Whites were 17th in the Premier League. In the 37 games with Marsch as the head coach, Leeds recorded 11 wins, 10 draws and 16 losses.

Marsch made a name for himself within the Red Bull system. Starting at Montreal Impact in the MLS, he could go on to coach New York Red Bulls between 2015 and 2018, winning two trophies in the meantime. The American then moved to Red Bull Salzburg in Austria where he won two domestic doubles while playing an attacking brand of football.

The transition to the top European leagues followed in 2021 when he was appointed by RB Leipzig. Marsch would last only 21 games in charge at the Bundesliga side, recording eight wins. It remains to be seen whether Marsch would agree to a job in the EFL Championship.