New Manager: New Optimism For Birmingham City?

9 Jun 2024 | 1 comment

Blues Trust, the independent supporters’ group for Birmingham City, has fully endorsed Knighthead’s appointment of our new first team manager.

The former Celtic and Leicester assistant manager, who also served as Ange Postecoglu’s assistant at Tottenham Hotspur, comes with a glowing CV and a burgeoning reputation in the game. While Thursday’s announcement was a bold and somewhat unexpected move by the owners, it’s one the Trust feels could turn out to be visionary. A good summary about Chris and his playing philosophy can be found here –

The Chair of Blues Trust Neil Cottrell welcomed Chris Davies to the hotseat after what seemed a protracted search for Tony Mowbray’s replacement. In fact, the club claimed it had assessed 1,000 coaches and spoken to 40 potential applicants before deciding on Davies.

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He said: “This was a bold and unexpected appointment by Knighthead but one Blues Trust is fully behind. A young, hungry manager with a fantastic reputation as a coach, who was latterly assistant manager at Spurs.

“His pedigree and potential are there for all to see and we wish him every success as he makes his transition into being manager of Birmingham City. The hard work starts now and, while many have remarked this appointment has shades of Kieran McKenna about it, it’s wise to remember it took him two years to get Ipswich out of this league.

“It will need support, time and patience, both from ourselves as fans and from the Board for Chris to build a team worthy of the City, as he seems fully committed to achieving.”

Hundreds of fans voted in our polls gauging opinion on the decision to employ him, across all of our platforms, and the consensus was overwhelmingly in favour of the appointment.

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Among Trust members, 87.4% were happy with the choice and 12.6% were undecided. No one was unhappy with Chris Davies taking the helm. It was a theme repeated across all of our platforms, with 93.6% overall supporting Knighthead’s decision, none against it and just 6.4% undecided – perhaps understandable given last season’s managerial woes.

Davies’ initial message to fans was full of positivity and humility. He said: “I am proud and honoured to be the Manager of Birmingham City. As soon as I spoke with Tom, Garry, Tom Brady, and other board members it was clear to me how passionate and committed the board and all of the Football Leadership Team are to bringing success to this club.

“It is a club with an ambition that reflects my own, and a plan to make it a reality. It is such an exciting time to be at Blues. I can’t wait to get started, meeting everyone at the Club and speaking to our supporters. I will give everything to build an attacking team that reflects this great city, and most importantly to produce a team that our supporters can be proud of. Let’s go.”

Now it’s down to hard work of signing players, sorting out new contracts, judging who is committed to the cause among the remaining squad and establishing a new culture at the club.

Good luck Chris, we’re all behind you. KRO.

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1 Comment

  1. Ed Truman

    I’m really pleased with this appointment. It represents a refreshing change of approach by the club, and I hope it proves to be successful for all concerned. But, please, let’s have no more mentions of Kieran McKenna. Chris Davies is his own man and will do things his way. Yes, there are some similarities in their respective backgrounds, but our new manager will stand or fall by his leadership and decision making. He is not KM mark II. I wish him well and I’m excited by the prospect of something new and different next season.


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