Steve McClaren in talks with Birmingham's opponents Bruges

03 November 2011 01:31
The last time Steve McClaren watched Birmingham City, Chris Hughton's team ended his short-lived spell in charge of Nottingham Forest.[LNB]And on Thursday the Championship side could be his first port of call as the former England coach attempts to kick-start his career in Belgium.[LNB]McClaren has emerged as the favourite to fill the vacant position at Bruges after meeting their hierarchy in the past 48 hours.[LNB] Tried and failed: Steve McClaren did not have a happy spell at Nottingham Forest[LNB]Probable line-up(4-4-2): Myhill; Spector, Ibanez, Davies, Murphy; Burke, Fahey, N'Daw, Beausejour; Rooney, Zigic.[LNB]KO: 8.05pm  [LNB]The ex-Middlesbrough boss is hoping the club can provide a platform similar to the one he enjoyed at FC Twente, where winning the Dutch title helped him recover from the public mauling he suffered with England.[LNB]McClaren walked out on Forest last month after just three months in charge, claiming they could not match his ambition. [LNB]The 50-year-old will take his seat at St Andrew's as Group H leaders Birmingham look to move towards qualification against the backdrop of yet more financial gloom. [LNB]The publication of the club's accounts has been postponed until January, giving rise to speculation that their cash problems may be close to tipping them into administration.[LNB] Going well: Chris Hughton and Birmingham are doing well in the Europa League[LNB]Hughton said: 'All I can do is work under the circumstances as they are. If something happens, then we will have  to deal with it when that  time comes.' [LNB]Since the 2-1 win in Bruges a fortnight ago, Birmingham have not lost. Bruges have not won, and last week sacked coach Adrie Koster. [LNB]Hughton added: 'If we do well on the pitch, the supporters will be happy, irrespective of what's happening off it.'[LNB] Birmingham 0 Brighton 0: Blues run over after deadlock at St AndrewsClark: We're losing ?10m a year, but I can make Forest a better club [LNB]

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