Birmingham turn to Monk

05 March 2018 05:07:05 EST

The former Swansea City, Middlesbrough and Leeds United boss Garry Monk has been confirmed as struggling Birmingham City's new manager.

Monk, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at St Andrew's, will be assisted by Pep Clotet, James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan.

Monk has been without a job since being replaced by Tony Pulis at Middlesbrough in December 2017, only six months after he had been appointed as the manager at the Riverside Stadium.

The 38-year-old succeeds Steve Cotterill, who was axed on Saturday in the wake of the 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest, Birmingham's fifth Championship defeat in a row.

Monk is the Blues' fifth manager in 15 months following the brief tenures of Gianfranco Zola, Harry Redknapp, Lee Carsley and then Cotterill, who was appointed in October.

Zola was named Birmingham boss in December 2016 after they had controversially decided to part company with Gary Rowett.

Monk's first game in charge of Birmingham will be Tuesday's match against Middlesbrough.

City are 22nd in the Championship table and 14/1 to be relegated this season. They are two points adrift of safety with 11 games of the campaign left.

Birmingham can be backed at 29/10 to beat Middlesbrough, 9/1 to be promoted this season. Boro are seventh in the table after defeating Leeds United 3-0 on Friday.

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