Blues’ board stand by Gianfranco Zola


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Birmingham City’s board have issued a statement to deny reports that they are close to sacking Gianfranco Zola as the club move closer to the relegation zone.

Blues have now dropped down to 18th in the Championship table after losing three and drawing three of their last six league games.

They were beaten 2-1 by Derby County last weekend, who are now managed by former boss Gary Rowett.

Following the game reports emerged linking Zola with the sack, with Birmingham without a win since February.

However, the club’s board have quickly denied any rumours and they admit the Italian has their full backing.

A statement from the board read: “Birmingham City would like to clarify the situation in regard to Gianfranco Zola after recent articles in the media over the weekend: the club has not lined up any manager to replace Gianfranco, who has the continual full support of the Blues board of directors.

“Whilst we understand the frustrations caused by the run of results, the way the supporters got behind Gianfranco and the team on Saturday at St. Andrew’s was typical of Blues fans’ passion, care for the club and desire for success, which is what we all share and much appreciate.

“The board and all departments at the club are keeping united and standing alongside Gianfranco, his staff and the players, to try and play the kind of football every Blues supporter deserves to watch.”

Birmingham are just six points above the drop zone with five games to go and they can be backed at odds of 13.00 to be relegated.

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