By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest will battle it out with Birmingham to sign Lee Carsley as a coach, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Mark Warburton and Harry Redknapp are both keen on the senior man after leaving Manchester City.
It it understood that he left his backroom role as City’s Under-18s manager at the Etihad recently due to “the intricacies of his expanding role”.
Carsley worked alongside Warburton in his days at Brentford as the development squad manager and went on to take charge for the first-team for a short stint in 2015.
Hong Kong Pegasus coach Kevin Bond is said to be Redknapp’s first choice for the role at Forest’s English Football League rivals Birmingham, having worked alongside the veteran manager at Portsmouth, Tottenham and QPR.
Carsley, who was born in Birmingham, spent two years as a player for Blues towards the end of a career which saw him also turn out for Everton, Derby, Blackburn and Coventry.
Warburton is expected to make a host of changes at Nottingham Forest since his arrival at the City Ground in March as he looks to assert his stamp of authority on both the support and playing staff.
Football Insider Verdict
Warburton already has a number of familiar faces at the City Ground with David Weir, Frank MacParland and Jim Stewart among the ranks having worked with them at either Rangers or Brentford. It can be a bad thing to make such changes to the backroom staff but with Nottingham Forest, it was completely necessary. Things simply weren’t right before the ex-Gers boss took charge towards the end of the season and without him they probably would be preparing for League One football at the moment. Carsley would definitely make a good addition to Warburton’s staff as for a relatively short coaching career, he has a lot of good experience with good clubs to his name.
In other Nottingham Forest news, the Reds are close to completing a deal for this goalkeeper from a Belgian giant.