Chris Davies reveals Knighthead impression and Birmingham City transfer must

Birmingham City manager Chris Davies
-Credit: (Image: Blues TV)


Chris Davies says Birmingham City is ‘the right fit at the right time’ to launch his managerial career.

Blues ended a lengthy search for a new manager by appointing Davies on a four-year contract last week. The 39-year-old is branching out on his own after 14 years working under experienced managers Brendan Rodgers and Ange Postecoglou, whom he assisted at Tottenham Hotspur last season.

"I think I’ve been ready to be a manager for quite a few years," Davies told Blues TV in his first interview as boss. "It’s something I’ve always been on the pathway to. For me it was about the right club, the right fit, at the right time. In Birmingham, I felt straight away this was a club that reflected my own ambition and something I really wanted to be part of. I had a great job at a great club but these opportunities are really important to capture so I’m delighted to be here."

Davies was swayed after conversations with Blues' ownership group Knighthead. Owner Tom Wagner, chief executive Garry Cook and minority investor Tom Brady have all been credited with a role in Davies' recruitment.

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Davies added: "They are all successful, credible people in their own fields so straight away you respect them on that. Their passion and their commitment to this club, you could sense a real vision of what we could do and it was inspiring to listen to them talk about what they wanted to do.

"As each conversation went by, and the more I spoke to, the more excited I got. I started to realise there wasn’t just one or two people here really committed to this, there’s a whole group of people really pushing to take this club forward. It was an excellent process, very professional and very clear."

Davies has been given the green light to build 'a Championship ready squad for League One' by Cook and must now set about replacing the 10 players who have already departed the club. Blues' recruitment drive will now shift into gear and Davies is determined to recruit the right players and characters.

"Recruitment is critical for every team and we have quite a few positions to fill," he commented. "We must do it calmly and clearly, and bring the right characters in, because it’s imperative that who we do bring in fit what we’re trying to create here both on the pitch and with their behaviours off the pitch. There are some skilled people here already that are working hard on that and that will be a big focus in the next few weeks, getting that going."

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