Where are they now? The last Birmingham City XI under Gary Rowett - Businessman, Southampton and MLS

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Popular Birmingham City figure Gary Rowett is poised for a return to the dugout - but what became of his last Blues XI?

Birmingham City look set to reunite with Gary Rowett who is being proposed to take over as interim manager until the end of the season.

Tony Mowbray has afforded period of absence as he recovers from an illness. Blues who are outside of the relegation zone only on goal difference have now changed their approach and will look to bring in the 50-year-old to fulfil managerial duties and help preserve their Championship status.

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Rowett's proposed return to the St. Andrew's @ Knighthead Park will see him rekindle an association with the club that ended in 2016. He was controversially relieved of his duties and replaced by Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola who had a far from successful time in charge.

The 50-year-old had Birmingham in seventh when he was relieved of his duties and it was a decision that shocked many. His final game in charge ended up being a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town on December 13, 2016.

Clayton Donaldson and Michael Morrison netted for Birmingham that day. With Rowett's return offering the opportunity to look back, we take a look at the last Birmingham City team that Rowett named before his sacking.

Tomasz Kuszczak

He reportedly began a construction company and graduated university with a sports journalism qualification. Kuszczak was appointed the goalkeeping coach of the Poland national team in September 2023, but that came to an end on Monday, March 18, 2024.

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Jonathan Spector

Called time on his playing career with Scottish Premiership side Hibernian in 2019. He was given the role of Head of International Player Recruitment and Development at Atlanta United.

Michael Morrison

Playing at the age of 36 for Cambridge United in League One. He made 183 appearances for Blues before departing for Reading in 2019 and then to Portsmouth in 2022.

Ryan Shotton

Made 56 appearances for Blues after joining from Derby County. left the club in 2018 for Middlesbrough, but they would be his final professional club. He's the player-manager of Northern Premier League outfit Hanley Town.

Jonathan Grounds

Played for the club until 2020, making 170 appearances. Left for Swindon Town where he lasted one season before moving on to Exeter City where he wound down his playing career. Back at the club in a coaching capacity. He leads the under-15s side and also assists Steve Spooner with the under-21s.

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David Cotterill

Came out of retirement in 2019 to sign for Welsh club Barry Town United and moved on to Newtown in 2021. They ended up being his last club and since then he has turned to podcasting.

Stephen Gleeson

Made 125 appearances over three-and-a-half seasons at Birmingham. Departed for Ipswich Town in 2017 and went on to play for Aberdeen and Solihull Moors. He's at non-league outfit Hitchin Town now, a club he's been with since 2021.

Maikel Kieftenbeld

Joined Birmingham City in 2015 from Gronigen. Reunited with Rowett in 2021 at Millwall following six years of service with Blues. He now plays for Emmen in the second tier of Dutch football.

Made 194 appearances for Birmingham from 2014 to 2021, before joining Shrewsbury Town. Playing for Forest Green Rovers in League Two under former Blues boss Steve Cotterill.

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Clayton Donaldson

Spent three-and-a-half seasons at the club, making 117 appearances and scoring 33 goals. Departed for Sheffield united and later went on to play for Bolton Wanderers and Bradford City before dropping in to the non-league. Player-manager at the age of 40 for Farsley Celtic.

Lukas Jutkiewicz

The last one standing. Jutkiewicz is the only current active player left from that game seven years and three months ago. He has remained loyal to the club, scoring 67 goals in 312 games.

Jacques Maghoma (sub)

Moved to India to play for East Bengal when he left in 2020 following 180 appearances for the club. Retired from playing in October 2022 after spells with Spalding United and Hemel Hempstead in the English non-league.

Paul Robinson (sub)

If Rowett is allowed to bring any of his own staff in then there's potential for Robinson to return to the club. He was assistant manager to Rowett at Millwall most recently. He returned to playing at the age of 44 in November last year, playing for Claverdon in the Birmingham & District League alongside his son.

Sold to Southampton in July 2019 for a reported £15m on the back of a 22-goal season for Blues in 2018/19. He's still with the Saints now despite interest from West Midlands rivals Wolves.

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