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Birmingham City appoint Gianfranco Zola as new manager

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Birmingham City has announced that Gianfranco Zola has been appointed their new manager.

The news comes after the unexpected sacking of manager Gary Rowett after two years at the club.

The former Italian international, West Ham United and Watford manager, has been chosen by new owners Trillion Trophy Asia Limited.

Gianfranco and his backroom team have all agreed two-and-a-half-year contracts.

We are delighted to welcome Gianfranco and his backroom team to the Club.

His pedigree, philosophy and ambition fits with what we would like to achieve as we move in a new direction.

Gianfranco has a wealth of top-level experience as both manager and player and we are extremely excited about his appointment.

– Club Director Panos Pavlakis

Former Birmingham City player reacts to news of Rowett sacking

Birmingham City has unexpectedly sacked their manager Gary Rowett.

His side are lying just three points - from third position in the Championship.

Not only have Blues fans reacted in disbelief to the news this afternoon, former player Paul Devlin says he doesn't think anyone saw it coming:

Rowett sacking: Twitter reacts

People have taken to social media following news that Gary Rowett has been sacked from Birmingham City after two years at the club.

Gary Rowett's contract has been terminated with immediate effect Credit: PA Wire

Blues fans reacted in disbelief to the news.

Many tweeted messages of support for Mr Rowett who is a popular figure in the game.

James Allen tweeted: "Gary Rowett one of the best young British coaches around... shows how shallow clubs have become."

Blues fan Dan Rice tweeted: "I've seen some crazy things happen down the Blues over the years. But sacking Gary Rowett comes top of the lot #Baffled."

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FT: Burton Albion 2-0 Birmingham City

Birmingham City's Che Adams has a shot on target Credit: Tim Goode EMPICS Sport

In the Championship, Burton took on Birmingham City - the first time the two sides had ever met competitively.

Former Blues man Lloyd Dyer opened the scoring, getting on the end of a Jamie Ward pass to make it one nil.

Ward then went onto make it two nil in the sixty second minute - and that is how it stayed, giving the Brewers their fourth win of the season.

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