Birmingham’s attempt to lure Martin Jol to St Andrews to replace the departed manager Steve Bruce has failed.
The Blues are searching for a new boss following Bruce’s decision to take over the managerial vacancy at Wigan.
However, Jol – who was sacked by Tottenham in October – is said to have turned Birmingham co-owner David Sullivan down because he feels he needs a break from football.
“We did speak to Martin Jol over the weekend,” Sullivan told The Guardian.
“Martin thanked us for our interest but said it was too early for him to consider coming back into football such a short time after leaving Spurs.
“That is the type of coach we are looking at, someone with a pedigree that will excite the supporters.”
Sullivan, though, remains confident Birmingham will soon appoint a worthy successor for Bruce.
“The usual suspects will be on everyone’s lips but this could be a fresh start for Birmingham City,” added Sullivan.
“We are looking at candidates at a certain level. It is a difficult one to try and get someone in who the dressing room will respect.
“Do you take a chance on an unproven coach at this level with a group of young players who will need guidance and will be looking for inspiration?
“Or do you go for a more experienced voice, someone respected in the world of football?”