Talk about coming out of left field.
He certainly wasn’t one of the names being mentioned a few weeks ago, and judging by his profile and track record, it’s very easy to see why. According to a report in The Daily Mail, Birmingham City have turned to FC Groningen manager Danny Buijs as a potential candidate to take over once Pep Clotet steps down at the end of the season.
Speaking to Vital Birmingham City, Dutch football expert James Rowe gave us a little bit of an insight into Buijs, before discussing what he makes of the 38-year-old being linked with the job at St Andrew’s:
“Danny Buijs took over FC Groningen having managed Kozakken Boys who were then a Dutch team in the third tier and he did very very well with them. The jump to FC Groningen, having been a former player, he struggled at the beginning, but he managed to get them to a respectable 9th position before the Eredivisie was curtailed”.
What kind of manager should the Blues look to appoint?
“His stock here in the Netherlands hasn’t risen greatly, there’s no media reports suggesting that he could make a step up within the Eredivise, there’s also no media reports regarding other clubs looking at him. So I don’t know where the link to Birmingham City has come from. He’s nowhere near ready for Birmingham City”
Given that the Blues have reportedly got a set of parameters when it comes to their new boss, mainly that they want experience and ‘maybe the odd promotion’, it seems very odd that they should be looking into someone as raw in the managerial game compared to some of the other names out there.
Perhaps they are just covering all bases in case the bigger names don’t come along such as fan favourite Chris Hughton, but given what they are reportedly looking for, you’d have to imagine that he would be some way down the list when it comes to potential candidates.
And if he does end up getting the job, you wonder how many people will have been in a position to turn us down, and what that would say about the club.
What about you? What do you make of this news regarding Buijs?