Gary Rowett, Mike Phelan 'favourites for Birmingham City job'

Mike Phelan looks on before the UEFA Champions League Group H match between CFR 1907 Cluj and Manchester United at the Constantin Radulescu Stadium on October 2, 2012
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A report claims that Gary Rowett and Mike Phelan have entered a two-horse race to be named as the new manager of Birmingham City.

Gary Rowett and Mike Phelan are reportedly the only two men in contention to land the vacant managerial position at Birmingham City.

The Blues are in the hunt for a new boss after sacking Lee Clark earlier this week following two years at the club.

Burton Albion manager Rowett is said to have already opened talks with the Championship club, although the Birmingham Mail claims that former Manchester United assistant Phelan is also in contention.

The report suggests that Owen Coyle, tipped by many to take over at St Andrew's, has fallen out of the running to take over.

Birmingham have won just two league games this season to find themselves hovering precariously above the drop zone.

Manager Gary Rowett of Burton Albion shouts instructions during the Capital One Cup Second Round match between Burton Albion and Fulham at the Pirelli Stadium on August 27, 2013
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