Birmingham City 'hold talks' with three-time promotion winning manager

Birmingham City have held initial talks with former Stoke City manager Alex Neil over their vacant managerial position, as per The Telegraph.

Tony Mowbray stepped aside on Tuesday to focus on his recovery from illness and Blues are now searching for their fourth manager of the Knighthead era. Blues chief executive Garry Cook and technical director Craig Gardner are leading a search still in its infancy.

Neil, 42, is a credible candidate having achieved three promotions already in his managerial career. He led Sunderland to promotion via the League One play-offs in 2022 before jumping ship to Stoke City the following summer.

Neil won promotion to the Premier League with Norwich City in 2015 having guided Hamilton to the Scottish top flight the previous year. In addition to Hamilton, Norwich, Sunderland and Stoke, Neil spent four years managing Preston North End in the Championship.

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The Scot watched Blues' game against Middlesbrough at St Andrew's in March and is among those interested in the vacancy. His last job at Stoke didn't go to plan and he was sacked in December when the Potters were 20th in the table.

Neil has managed 466 matches since stepping into coaching at Hamilton 11 years ago and boasts a win ratio of 41.42 percent.

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