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Arsenal invincible targeted by Championship clubs as new manager

Former Arsenal and England star is a target for clubs in the Championship to take as their new manager ahead of next season

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Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole is set to embark on his managerial journey, with several Championship clubs expressing keen interest in securing his services.

At 43, Cole, who had an illustrious playing career, has been making strides in the coaching realm. Currently part of the coaching staff at Birmingham City since October 2023, Cole’s tenure coincided with Wayne Rooney’s brief managerial stint and has persisted beyond the departure of the Manchester United legend.

Cole’s coaching pedigree extends beyond Birmingham, having garnered valuable experience with Derby County and Everton. Additionally, his collaboration with England Under-21 manager Lee Carsley culminated in victory, winning the European Under-21 Championship last summer.

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The burgeoning resume of the former left-back has not gone unnoticed, with reports from the Mirror indicating substantial interest from a host of Championship outfits eyeing managerial changes.

Though the clubs pursuing Cole remain unnamed, Sunderland, Hull City, and Plymouth Argyle are among those currently in the market for new leadership.

Former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole

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However, uncertainty looms over Birmingham’s managerial situation, with Tony Mowbray expected to reclaim the reins this summer following a hiatus prompted by illness. In his absence, the Blues endured relegation to League One under interim manager Gary Rowett’s stewardship.

Despite facing mixed fortunes in his coaching endeavours, Ashley Cole remains undeterred, emphasising the invaluable lessons learned from both triumphs and setbacks.

“[I have learned] a lot, good and bad,” Cole reflected. “That is what rounds you as a coach. You will have challenges along the way and I don’t see it being any different here, it is football.”

Undeterred by the rigours of the managerial landscape, Cole and his coaching compatriots at Birmingham are steadfast in their commitment to match the relentless work ethic of the players, striving for success on and off the pitch.

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