Chris Davies explains the philosophy he will implement at Birmingham City

Chris Davies plans to turn Birmingham City into a possession-based force after agreeing to become the club’s new manager

Chris Davies is the new manager of Birmingham City

Chris Davies is the new manager of Birmingham City

The new manager of Birmingham City claims that his club, led by Chris Davies, is “not passive in any way.” The newly appointed Blues manager wants to assemble a fun, possession-oriented team that can win promotion from League One on its first try.

Davies signed a four-year contract to begin his first managerial position at St Andrew’s, and on Monday morning he reported to the Blues’ training facility at Henley-in-Arden. The 39-year-old departs from Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff at Swansea, Liverpool, Celtic, and Leicester City, having served as Ange Postecoglou’s assistant for a year at Tottenham Hotspur.

We all know by now that Davies believes that football should be played in a manner that is in line with Knighthead, the owners of the Blues. Every squad he has led has made an effort to play with flair, confidence, and—most importantly—the ball.

Speaking about his ideology, Davies stated: “It’s a high-intensity, high-energy style of football for me.” We want to play with a lot of initiative and without any passiveness at all. The squad should aim to be dominant and aggressive.

It is extremely tough for the opponent to play with a squad that plays with enthusiasm and relentlessness, and that is the team we will attempt to build here. Being the hardest-working team is the golden rule for all successful teams. We wish to play with physicality, vigour, and excitement.

Davies, though, wants Blues to play with an aggressive mindset rather than just possessing the ball for the sake of it. “It’s about effective football,” he continued. Football isn’t being discussed for artistic reasons.

“In my opinion—and I’m quite sure that’s well acknowledged—the football I’ll be coaching at this club is the best to play, coach, and watch. The pragmatic side of things involves being really transparent about our actions, how we harm the opposition, and how we can respond to their threats.

Every game has a little different requirements, therefore it’s important for both the team and each player on the field to understand what those are. Since that’s the art of coaching, that’s what I find most enjoyable. Everything will revolve around an easily identifiable and unambiguous model.


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