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Birmingham City sack manager Steve Cotterill and backroom staff

Former Birmingham City Manager Steve Cotterill Photo: PA

Birmingham City Football Club have "regretfully' confirmed they have sacked manager Steve Cotterill and back room staff "with immediate effect".

It follows today's 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, Blues' fifth straight Championship defeat..

Also leaving with Steve Cotterill are First Team Coach Paul Groves, First Team Coach Paul Williams, Goalkeeper Coach Kevin Hitchcock, Director of Football Jeff Vetere, David Álvarez (Head of Sports Science and Medical) and Albert Altarriba-Bartés (First Team Strength and Conditioning Coach).

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.

– Birmingham City Football Club

Birmingham are now looking for their fifth manager since they sacked Gary Rowett in late 2016.