Birmingham City confirm Tony Mowbray decision as new manager search begins

Tony Mowbray has left Birmingham City with immediate effect.Tony Mowbray has left Birmingham City with immediate effect.
Tony Mowbray has left Birmingham City with immediate effect. | Getty Images
Tony Mowbray will not continue as manager of Birmingham City following his period of extended leave, the club has confirmed.

The 60-year-old took a step away from Blues back in mid-February - initially intended to be for a period of up to two months - to focus on his health. But now, a month over that original timeframe, the difficult decision has been made to not return.

Mowbray was the one to make the call as he informed Birmingham of his wish to continue his recovery from a surgical procedure at home with his family. Blues have of course been understanding of Mowbray’s wish and will not stand in his way.

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Tom Wagner, Owner and Chairman, said: “We are disappointed that Tony will not be coming back to lead the team forward but respect his decision to put his health and his family first.

“In a short period of time at Blues Tony demonstrated excellent leadership skills and a work ethic that galvanised all around him. He is an outstanding human being and will always be welcome at St. Andrew’s @ Knighthead Park.”

Tony Mowbray has left Birmingham City with immediate effect.Tony Mowbray has left Birmingham City with immediate effect.
Tony Mowbray has left Birmingham City with immediate effect. | Getty Images

Garry Cook, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We have been looking forward to Tony returning to the Club and to continue the great work that he started earlier this year. Unfortunately, it is not to be. Preparation for the new season has already begun and Tony told us that, based on his treatment and recovery programme, he would not be able to do the job that is required before the new season begins.

“I would personally like to commend Tony for informing us of his decision so soon after the end of the season. It provides us the opportunity to undertake a rigorous search process to identify the right leader to take our club forward and have that person in place before the start of pre-season.

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“On behalf of everyone at the Club, and our supporters, I would like to thank Tony for the excellent job that he did for Blues. We wish Tony a full and speedy recovery.” 

Birmingham will now begin their hunt for a new head coach.

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