Exclusive: Birmingham make their ex-manager top target to replace Clotet

Birmingham City have made former manager Chris Hughton their top managerial target if they decide to axe under-fire boss Pep Clotet, Football Insider understands.

Clotet’s future at St Andrew’s is under intense scrutiny following a poor run of form which has seen them plummet down the Championship table.

A source at Birmingham has told Football Insider that the club’s hierarchy are considering getting rid of the Spaniard as manager and that Hughton is their top choice if they do choose to make a change in the dugout.

Hughton has been out of work since leaving Brighton at the end of last season, the Seagulls choosing to replace him with Graham Potter after narrowly avoiding relegation.

The former Newcastle and Norwich manager is held in high-regard by Birmingham after leading the club to the Championship play-off semi-finals in his only season in charge at St Andrew’s.

Clotet was placed in charge as interim manager at the start of the season following the departure of Garry Monk before being handed the job on a permanent basis last month.

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The Blues are currently languishing 18th in the Championship table, six points above the drop zone after losing five of their last seven games, and the board are weighing up a change of manager to avoid another relegation fight.

They also have a second points deduction in two seasons hanging over them after being charged with breaching financial rules by the EFL.

In other Birmingham City news, Football Insider can reveal that a Championship rival are in pole position to sign a former Blues star.