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Birmingham City have not approached Steve McClaren but former England boss will take some persuading to take St Andrew’s job

 

Birmingham looking to replace Harry Redknapp who was sacked after Preston defeat but McClaren is enjoying life coaching Israeli top flight side Maccabi Tel Aviv

The Blues are on the hunt for a new boss following the sacking of Harry Redknapp after their fifth defeat on the spin at home to Preston, leaving them second bottom of the Championship.

Steve McClaren is currently coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv

Steve McClaren is currently coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv

Harry Redknapp was sacked as Birmingham boss last week

Harry Redknapp was sacked as Birmingham boss last week

McClaren has not managed in England since being sacked by Derby in March and is currently coaching at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

SunSport can reveal, despite some bookmakers slashing the odds on the former England boss taking over the St Andrew’s hot seat, McClaren has not been approached.

However, sources added the experienced coach would only be tempted to return to England, if the project worked for him.

Birmingham’s Chinese owners Trillion Trophy Asia decision making has been under the microscope since they took over in October 2016.

Two months later they sacked Gary Rowett when they were seventh in the League.

Gianfranco Zola was then appointed and took the Blues perilously close to relegation with Harry Redknapp called in to bail them out with three games left.

Steve McClaren was sacked as Derby boss in March

Steve McClaren was sacked as Derby boss in March

Lee Carsley has taken over at St Andrew’s on a temporary basis

Lee Carsley has taken over at St Andrew’s on a temporary basis

Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is mourning the loss of his father

Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is a front runner for Birmingham City job

Steve Cotterill left Birmingham after helping them to safety last season

Steve Cotterill would be interested in a return Birmingham as manager

McClaren continues to be linked with vacancies in the Championship, but is enjoying his time in Israel working under former Manchester United winger Jordi Cruyff.

Steve Cotterill who was working under Redknapp and former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka have also been linked with taking over the West Midlands side who gave won just one league game so far.

Lee Carsley has taken temporary charge of first-team affairs until a permanent boss is appointed.

The 43-year-old Brummie will be in the hot-seat for the trip to his former club Derby on Saturday and does not want the role on a long-term basis.

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4523664/birmingham-city-have-not-approached-steve-mcclaren-but-former-england-boss-will-take-soem-persuading-to-take-st-andrews-job/

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