English pair Nigel Pearson and Paul Robinson are the early front runners for the managerial vacancy at Sky Bet Championship club Birmingham City according to the latest odds from English Football League sponsors Sky Bet.

The Blues are looking for a new manager following former boss Gianfranco Zola’s decision to resign after the club’s dismal 2-0 home defeat to Burton Albion on Easter Monday.

Birmingham City appointed Zola after controversially sacking popular manager Gary Rowett in December with the club on the fringes of the Play Off places and The Blues have since plummeted down the table at an alarming rate.

With Birmingham City now just three points above the relegation zone, the club must begin the search for a new manager and early odds suggest that former Leicester City and Derby County boss Pearson and veteran Blues defender Paul Robinson could be in the frame for the role.

Former Sky Bet Championship winner Pearson has been out of work since leaving The Rams in October while evergreen defender Robinson could be handed the reigns on a caretaker basis in the coming days. Other names linked to the role are former England manager Steve McClaren, Alex Neil and Aitor Karanka.

Birmingham City travel to Villa Park to face bitter rivals Aston Villa on Sunday and the club will be looking for some stability going into that match.

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