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Birmingham part company with Lee Clark

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CLUB STATEMENT: Birmingham City part company with Lee Clark and Steve Watson with immediate effect. More here: http://t.co/pFh3G8cGuG #BCFC

Birmingham have parted company with manager Lee Clark following a poor start to the Sky Bet Championship season.

Blues are one place outside the relegation zone having won just two of their 12 league games so far, and only retained their second-tier status in the final seconds of the last campaign.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Birmingham City Football Club has parted company with Lee Clark and Steve Watson with immediate effect.

"The search for a successor has already begun and the board will look to make an appointment in the very near future."

Bayern Munich's Thiago set for surgery

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is to undergo surgery on his injured knee in Spain on Tuesday, the club have announced.

The 22-year-old flew to Barcelona on Friday to seek help from doctor Roman Cugat.

It had been reported over the weekend that Thiago had defied Bayern by travelling to Spain rather than following their preferred path of flying to the United States to be looked at by renowned knee specialist Dr Richard Steadmann in Vail.

However, speaking at the airport prior to Bayern's flight to Rome for a Champions League encounter, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge denied they had any problem with Thiago being treated in Spain.

"It was clear from the beginning, when he injured himself on Tuesday, that he would be operated on in Spain," Rummenigge said.

"The Spanish doctor is a very good doctor who, besides, uses the very same techniques that are used in Vail in America.

"He will be operated on tomorrow."

Butland set for Derby loan

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Butland is off to Derby. Credit: PA

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland is set to join Derby on loan, Press Association Sport understands.

Rams head coach Steve McClaren has made a move for the England Under-21 international following an injury to first-choice keeper Lee Grant at the weekend.

The deal is expected to be finalised later on Monday, with Butland set to make his debut for Derby in their Sky Bet Championship fixture against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

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