Blues end Cotterill reign

04 March 2018 05:03:13 EST

Steve Cotterill has been sacked as Birmingham City manager with Garry Monk being tipped to replace him at St Andrew's.

The Blues directors moved swiftly to relieve the 53-year-old of his managerial duties after a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest made it five successive Championship losses which leaves them in the final relegation place, two points adrift of safety.

Cotterill, who only took over from Harry Redknapp five months ago, managed just six league wins out of a possible 24 at the helm.

Steve has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the club at all times, his work ethic and honesty are a credit to him and there is a genuine sadness at this decision.

Birmingham City statement

The Blues released a statement on Saturday evening to confirm that Cotetrill and his entire backroom staff of first team coaches Paul Groves and Paul Williams, goalkeeper coach Kevin Hitchcock, director of football Jeff Vetere, head of sports science and medical David Alvarez and first team strength and conditioning coach Albert Altarriba-Bartes have all departed.

The statement added: "This course of action is taken with great regret and sadness.

"The Board would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Steve, not only for his significant contribution at the conclusion of last season for which we will remain grateful, but also for his genuine efforts, contribution and hard work during his tenure in this 2017/18 campaign.

"Steve has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the club at all times, his work ethic and honesty are a credit to him and there is a genuine sadness at this decision.

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

Former Swansea and Leeds manager Monk is being tipped to become City's fifth manager in 16 months and he could be installed in time for Tuesday's visit of Middlesbrough, who sacked him in December after just six months in charge at the Riverside Stadium.

The Blues, who are 14/1 to be relegated this season, are priced at 29/10 to defeat play-off chasing Boro, while Tony Pulis' side are available at 23/20 to win and the draw is 23/10.

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