It has emerged today, according to Football Insider, that Danny Buijs is a shock new contender in the Birmingham City manager race. After the announcement that Clotet would be leaving his post as Head Coach at the end of the season, there have been some names shortlisted as the potential next manager. With Neil Warnock replacing Jonathan Woodgate as Middlesborough manager, the front runners for the job are currently Chris Hughton, Lee Bowyer and Nigel Clough.

Buijs, who currently manages Dutch side FC Groningen, has proven to work well with a tight budget. He has steered them to a 9th place in Eredvisie, the Dutch top division. At just 38 years old, Buijs is emerging as a new talent in his managerial career and there is the feeling that an appointment of Buijs for Blues would be a step in the right direction.

After a successful playing career at Kilmarnock, he was involved in their 2012 Scottish league cup win. In the summer of 2012 Buijs moved to Sparta Rotterdam for a season before retiring from playing professionally. He was appointed manager of Kozakken Boys, who play their football in the Dutch third league. After a successful spell with Kozakken Boys, winning 39 of 72 games, he was appointed manager of FC Groningen. It is rumoured that Buijs eyed a move to Derby County in 2010 with the prospect of English football enticing him.

Although this story is currently developing, it seems that Buijs is the perfect fit for the manager role at Birmingham City. He is young, has operated well on a tight budget with Dutch side Groningen and has shown he has great potential.

What do you think Blues fans? Would Buijs be a good fit for the role at Blues?

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