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Birmingham City, as they have been for a number of years, are keen on Stoke City midfielder Ryan Woods.
The 27-year-old, who has one season left on his contract, is deemed surplus to requirements at the Bet365 Stadium.
That has alerted Blues who would like to see the midfielder in Blue and White next season.
The reaction from Blues fans has been positive – and it’s easy to see why with so many of his former managers extolling his virtues.
Here’s what his bosses has said to him as he’s come through at Shrewsbury and played for Brentford, Stoke and Millwall.
Graham Turner, Shrewsbury Town, 2013
“Ryan’s got a lot of potential; he’s a very good prospect and has a great attitude – but what he needs to do is concentrate on his football.
“It’s amazing that there’s suddenly a bit of publicity linking him with other clubs to coincide with him having a new agent. If there are clubs out there interested, let them pick the phone up to me.”
Micky Mellon, Shrewsbury Town, January 2015.
“He’s special and I’m desperate to hold on to him. He’s the first player on the training pitch and the last off. He’s a terrific kid and has some unbelievable ability.”
One for keeps
Andy Marshall has left Charlton Athletic amid links with Birmingham City.
It emerged on Saturday the goalkeeper coach was a candidate to join Lee Bowyer ’s back-room team at St Andrew’s.
And the League One outfit have today confirmed both Marshall’s departure and his replacement – former AFC Wimbledon and Bromley ‘keeper Glyn Shimell who spent six years as coach at Bromley before becoming Millwall’s Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach in 2018.
That means Marshall leaves The Valley after three years with head coach Nigel Adkins confirming the news.
Adkins told the club website : “I would like to thank Andy for everything he has done since I arrived at Charlton and wish him the best for the future.”
Bowyer, who resigned from his position of manager with Charlton in March 2021, took over in 2018 and led the club to the Championship in 2019.
He added Marshall to his staff at the Addicks in 2018. Marshall has previously been goalkeeper coach at Aston Villa and even had a spell in joint caretaker charge in 2015.
Sam Cosgrove has endured a difficult start to life at Birmingham City.
Coming into a struggling team as a relatively big-money signing, the 24-year-old found a lack of opportunities and an early injury difficult barriers to overcome.
He ended up making his first two starts in the dead rubbers at the end of the season – up front in a much-changed team.
At the weekend, it was suggested Blues could look to send him out on loan – with League One Ipswich mentioned as a possible temporary home.
This is what Blues fans make of that idea.
Darrell Arnold: I wouldn’t write him off and a loan might be just the thing to kick start his progress. He’s fast, strong with enough ability to work on.
Liam Pearce: SpL is majority league 1 standard will be good for getting his confidence back
Harry Parker: Mistake – he’ll be good this year. Watch Ipswich get promotion with Harper and Cosgrove
Keith Scott: Good idea lad needs game time and won’t get it at Blues plus it gets a wage off the bill
Peter Butler: They wouldn’t let him go if all ready not lined up someone else
Rest in Peace
The family of former West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City goalkeeper Alan Miller has released a statement following his sad passing.
Alan, who also played for Arsenal and Middlesbrough among other clubs, died suddenly following a heart attack on June 3. He was 51.
His family have expressed their thanks to Baggies and Blues fans for the support they have received.
It reads: “While we are still coming to terms with the shock of losing Alan so suddenly two weeks ago, the love and support shown to him from Baggies and Birmingham City fans has provided us with great strength.
“Alan absolutely loved his time at The Hawthorns. After an initial loan spell when he was a youngster, then a later second loan becoming a permanent move in 1997 – this was a special time in his career when he was playing at his peak. He always felt a special connection with the Albion fans and this has been highlighted over the past few weeks.
“The famous 1-0 win over Wolves and ‘boing, boing’ t-shirt celebrations at the Birmingham Road End were something that he often reflected on as he knew it meant so much to supporters and it really was a fantastic time for him.”
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