Birmingham City’s new coaching team can only benefit the club as they battle against relegation to Sky Bet League One.

The Blues are just three points above the drop zone following a dismal sequence of results which has seen the club fail to win on any of their last nine league outings.

Birmingham City were truly terrible on Easter Monday as they suffered an embarrassing 2-0 home defeat to Burton Albion. That result left manager Gianfranco Zola in an impossible position at St Andrews and the Italian submitted his resignation after just four months in charge.

The Blues have moved swiftly to replace Zola with vastly experienced boss Harry Redknapp and a backroom reshuffle has seen foreign coaches Pierluigi Casiraghi, Gabriele Cioffi, Andrea Caronti and Sebastiano Porcu all leave the club while Steve Cotterill and Paul Groves have since arrived to work alongside goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitchcock.

That change in coaching staff could reap the rewards for The Blues with the players now being guided by English speaking coaches.

There is no doubting the fact that former boss Gary Rowett was almost overachieving in his role prior to his controversial dismissal in December but hardworking footballers do not become poor players overnight and Zola’s foreign coaches may have played some part in Birmingham City’s disjointed performances in recent months.

Under Redknapp and his backroom team, there is new optimism surrounding St Andrews and fans will give their full backing to their side to beat the drop.

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