Advertisement

Ange Postecoglou speaks as he loses Tottenham assistant manager Chris Davies to Birmingham City

Chris Davies has left his role as Ange Postecoglou's assistant head coach at Tottenham to become the new manager of Birmingham City.

The 39-year-old coach has been a man in demand this season and already turned down the chance to become Swansea City boss midway through the campaign in order to continue working with Postecoglou and the Spurs coaching staff. Now with the season over, Tottenham gave permission for Davies to speak to Birmingham and the young coach has agreed to a four-year deal after the two clubs agreed compensation.

The now League One club went through a string of managers last season in John Eustace, Wayne Rooney and Tony Mowbray before suffering relegation from the Championship. Now the club, co-owned by NFL legend Tom Brady, have secured the highly-rated Spurs coach to try to get them back into the second division, after a process which saw close to 1,000 coaches being evaluated and more than 40 being spoken to directly or through their representatives.

Postecoglou said: "Chris is an outstanding individual, he's done some fantastic work with us in the last season and as I've said before, that will attract attention, so it's no surprise to me that a club of Birmingham City's stature have shown an interest in him. I'd like to thank Chris for all his hard work, and we wish him all the best."

Davies was quoted as saying on Birmingham's website: "I am proud and honoured to be the manager of Birmingham City. As soon as I spoke with Tom, Garry, Tom Brady, and other board members it was clear to me how passionate and committed the board and all of the Football Leadership Team are to bringing success to this club.

"It is a club with an ambition that reflects my own, and a plan to make it a reality. It is such an exciting time to be at Blues. I can’t wait to get started, meeting everyone at the Club and speaking to our supporters. 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. Let’s go."

READ MORE: Tottenham assistant in talks with Birmingham as Ange Postecoglou could lose key staff member

READ MORE: Tottenham set for summer transfer approach as Ange Postecoglou eyes key addition

Birmingham City Owner and Chairman of the Board, Tom Wagner, said: “I am delighted to welcome Chris to Blues. He 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. From our first meeting, it was clear we were aligned on values and shared the ambition for Blues. Chris will thrive in the high-performance environment that is being created at the Club. He wants to be at Birmingham City and is committed to winning.

“I would like to thank both Tom Brady for his support and involvement, and the Football Leadership Team for their diligent approach in identifying our next Manager. They have conducted a robust process and we have appointed a top operator to take us forward.”

Birmingham City Chief Executive Officer, Garry Cook, said: “Chris is an outstanding coach and person, that the playing staff and our supporters will instantly warm to. The goal was to identify a progressive coach, one who has demonstrated the ability to build teams and improve players in the squad. Chris has done this at leading clubs, being part of championship, cup and promotion winning teams, working with world class players and managers.

“He is a perfect fit for Blues. He is a meticulous planner, with an insatiable appetite for work. Known for his excellent man management skills, he will now focus on building a Championship ready squad in League One. He is the coach we wanted. Blues is the club he wanted. We are very pleased he is here.”

Listen to the latest episode of Gold & Guest Talk Tottenham by clicking here! In depth Spurs chat on your preferred podcast platform.

Want breaking and top Tottenham stories sent straight to you? Join our Spurs WhatsApp community by clicking this link. If you're curious you can check out our privacy policy here.