Carsley urges Birmingham City to opt for experience

Lee Carsley has all but ruled himself out of the running for the Birmingham City job, and has urged the club to look for an experienced manager instead.

The Blues are currently in the market for a new manager after sacking Harry Redknapp last week and Carsley has been promoted from his position as U23 coach in the interim.

However, the 43-year-old insists he has no immediate desire to take the job on a permanent basis, and has instead urged his local club to go for a more experienced option.

“A club of this size, with the expectation, I think it needs a manager that has been there and done it with a proven track record,” the former Ireland international told Sky Sports.

“I’ve got a real passion for coaching and development, I’m not saying that management is not something I wouldn’t want in the future. But at the minute I’m really happy with my role.”

Carsley was in charge as City earned a point in the 1-1 draw at Derby County at the weekend, but they remain second-bottom having won just one of their nine Championship games.

Steve Cotterill, who played his part in keeping the Blues in the division last season as first-team coach to Redknapp, is the current favourite with bookmakers to become their new manager.

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