Cotterill sacked by Birmingham City

Cotterill sacked by Birmingham City”

Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill says he has "gone past" fearing for his job as speculation surrounds his future in charge of the Championship club.

Both the BBC and Britain's Press Association said Cotterill, 53, had been dismissed following Birmingham's 2-1 Championship loss to Nottingham Forest on Saturday - their fifth straight defeat.

"However, the Board feel that a change in management at this stage is in the best interests of the Football Club".

Monk will now be under pressure to spark an up-turn in Birmingham's fortunes, with his first match in the dugout likely to come on Tuesday night, when they take on his former side Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

He wants to get back into management and Blues, who have kept tabs on the Welshman ever since he left Swansea in 2015, are ready to offer him that chance.

Cotterill has two years left on a contract signed five months ago, and worth £450,000 annually, but Birmingham have acted with relegation to League One looming.

Press Association Sport understands Birmingham, owned by Chinese firm Trillion Trophy Asia, opted to have a private box for the game at the City Ground.

Cotterill replaced Harry Redknapp after the veteran former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth manager lasted just 13 games spread across two seasons.

Confirming earlier reports of Cotterill's dismissal, Birmingham placed on record their gratitude for his "significant contribution" last season when playing a part in the club's push for survival in his role as assistant manager.

As well as Cotterill, the club also confirmed the departures of first-team coaches Paul Groves and Paul Williams, as well as goalkeeper coach Kevin Hitchcock and director of football Jeff Vetere.

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