FORMER Celtic boss Tony Mowbray is poised for a quickfire return to management – exactly a month after being sacked by Sunderland.

The one-time Hoops central defender is due to have talks with Birmingham City, according to a Daily Mail report.

The Midlands club axed Wayne Rooney on Tuesday after the Manchester United legend had led the team to just two wins in 15 Championship games during his short-lived stay at St Andrews.

Veteran gaffer Mowbray, 60, spent 15 months at the Stadium of Light before being fired which has opened the way for City to consider offering him a swift return.

Also linked with the post is ex-Hibs chief Paul Heckingbottom who was handed his P45 by struggling Sheffield United early last month after guiding them back to the top-flight the previous season.

As well as Celtic, Mowbray has been in charge at Hibs, Ipswich Town, Middlesbrough, Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers and is keen to get back into the game as swiftly as possible.

The Englishman arrived at Parkhead in June 2009 as successor to Gordon Strachan, but he was sacked in March the following year in the immediate aftermath of an embarrassing 4-0 loss to St Mirren in Paisley.

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