Gianfranco Zola is the leading candidate to replace Gary Rowett as Blues manager, according to various sources.
Blues fans have been left stunned that one of the brightest young managers in the league, who took Blues from rock bottom, has now left the club.
Now, it is understood Chelsea legend Zola is Blues’ new owners (Trillion Trophy Asia) first choice to take the hot seat, as they want a high-profile name in charge of the club.
BREAKING: Sky sources: Gianfranco Zola in Birmingham this evening to finalise deal to become their next manager in the next 24 hours. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) December 14, 2016
The Italian was close to taking over at Hull in the summer but it fell through. The former West Ham and Watford manager is now looking to get back into the game and it looks like he could be heading to St Andrews.
Three new directors were appointed on Monday as part of the takeover by Trillion Trophy Asia – Wenqing Zhao, Chun Kong Yiu and Zhu Kai – and this decision appears more than coincidence.
Blues sit just three points off third place Reading after 21 games. Rowett’s reign saw his team win nine games this season, drawing seven and losing five.
This decision has not only shocked Birmingham fans, but the wider football community too.
Club Director Panos Pavlakis, on behalf of the Board, said:
‘Such a parting of the ways is always difficult, particularly so on a personal level as I have worked very closely with Gary and have got to know him well.
‘Our relationship was very strong but in football you can never stand still. I would ask that our supporters trust our judgement and look forward to and embrace the future as we begin to implement the exciting vision of TTAL.’
Read the statement from the club HERE.
What do you think, does Zola fit the bill?