Former Hawkes Bay youth coach to manage English club Birmingham City

Former Hawkes Bay youth coach Chris Davies has landed the manager’s job at English club Birmingham City.

Davies (39) joins Birmingham City after their relegation from the English Championship to League One, and after the club agreed a compensation package with Tottenham Hotspur where he was an assistant coach.

English-born Davies has built a successful career in roles with Tottenham Hotspurs, Swansea, Leicester City and Celtic.

This followed a three-year stint in New Zealand when, in his early 20s, he tried to resurrect a playing career disrupted by arthritis.

Main photo: Chris Davies … ‘I will give everything to build an attacking team.’ Photo credit: Birmingham City.

Team Wellington’s Chris Davies (left) challenges Auckland City’s Daniel Koprivcic in a 2009 National League fixture. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Davies played national league football for Hawkes Bay United and Team Wellington and was encouraged to take up coaching by Hawkes Bay United’s Jonathan Gould.

He spent two years coaching players aged 12-16 for Hawkes Bay United, and then a year as Team Wellington’s U-16 academy coach.

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Birmingham City evaluated more than 1,000 coaches and spoke with more than 40 candidates for the manager’s job, left vacant after the departure of Tony Mowbray for health reasons.

Owner and chairman Tom Wagner said: “He (Davies) is widely respected in the game and fulfils our goal to appoint an ambitious, progressive coach. He is motivated to help redefine the club, the culture, and the playing identity.”

Davies said: “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.”

This story was first published on Saturday June 8, 2024.

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