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Craig Gardner will reportedly re-join Birmingham City after Owls exit

According to the Birmingham Mail, Craig Gardner could be set for a swift return to boyhood club Birmingham City after leaving Sheffield Wednesday last month.

Gardner was on the coaching staff at Birmingham but left to join the Owls under Tony Pulis.

Pulis described the 34-year-old as an ‘enthusiastic, great character’ (Star) but his spell at Hillsborough has been short-lived following the former Middlesbrough manager’s exit last month.

Pulis joined the Owls as successor to Garry Monk. However, after just one win in ten games, he was dismissed with Neil Thompson temporarily taking over first-team affairs.

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Gardner, who joined as part of the coaching staff, returned to Birmingham’s training centre this week and the latest reports claim he could re-join the Blues backroom staff.

Birmingham manager Aitor Karanka spoke favourably of Gardner amid his exit. Moreover, his initial November departure has coincided with a poor run of form for the Blues.

The Midlands club have won just two of their last 14 Championship games.

Gardner knows all about Birmingham. He joined his boyhood club in 2010, helped the Blues win the League Cup before spells elsewhere and later returned to St Andrew’s in 2017.

The former midfielder retired from playing at the end of last season.

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Wednesday, meanwhile, have a big decision to make as they look to appoint their third permanent manager of the season following the dismissals of Monk and Pulis.

Thompson has done an excellent job in stabilising the side with back-to-back home wins.  Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri, however, likely has a more established name in mind.

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