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Birmingham approach Zola after dismissing Rowett

Zola is reportedly wanted by Birmingham. Credit: Reuters

Birmingham would like to speak with Gianfranco Zola about succeeding Gary Rowett as manager, Press Association Sport understands.

The Championship club announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had terminated Rowett's contract, and those of his backroom staff, and former Chelsea forward Zola is high on the list of prospective candidates to replace him at St Andrew's.

Zola, who has managed in England at West Ham and Watford, was in the running to take over at Hull in the summer but the deal did not materialise.

Birmingham's Far East owners are thought to want a high profile name in charge of the club and Zola, 50, certainly fits the bill as regards the reputation he built for himself as a player at Napoli, Parma and Chelsea.

Rowett's sacking was something of a surprise with Birmingham only outside the play-off places on goal difference after winning 2-1 at home to Ipswich on Tuesday night.