Birmingham City fire Rowett and hire Zola
Birmingham decide to take a new direction by hiring Gianfranco Zola as manager
December 14th, 2016
You might have thought that Gary Rowett was safe as houses when it came to the manager position at Birmingham City, although he has promptly been sacked by the Midlands club who recently came under new ownership.
Birmingham’s new owner Trillion Trophy Asia Limited took over in October, with the consortium deciding to appoint their own manager and Zola isn’t a complete wildcard choice considering he has formerly been in charge at West Ham and Watford.
However, Rowett was a popular manager at St Andrews and there is likely to be a strange atmosphere for Saturday’s game against Ipswich where Zola will be unveiled as the new manager.
A statement on the club’s website, bcfc.com, said: “This has not been an easy decision to make. The board would like to thank Gary and his backroom staff for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.
“Gary came in and immediately stabilised the team amid difficult circumstances and during his tenure improved the club’s fortunes on the field. He has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the club at all times and there is a genuine sadness at this course of action.
“However Trillion Trophy Asia Limited remains determined to lead the club to a bright and exciting future. Supporters can rest assured the decision has been taken with a strategic, long-term view and with the club’s best interests at heart.
“An immediate replacement will be sought in order to afford the new manager the time to assess where the existing playing squad needs strengthening. The board recognises the urgency required given the transfer window will open at the start of January and funds have been made available. TTAL has been involved with the club for more than 18 months and has reviewed all playing and non-playing matters during that period.”