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Birmingham City set to appoint shock name as replacement for Gianfranco Zola

Birmingham City are eyeing up Slovan Bratislava head coach Ivan Vukomanovic as a replacement for Gianfranco Zola should they decide to sack the Italian according to a report from the Daily Mail.

Zola came in as a replacement for Gary Rowett following his shocking sacking earlier this season but hasn’t worked out for the Blues yet. It took a long time for the Chelsea legend to get his first win as boss and that poor run of form meant that Birmingham dropped out of the race for the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

That has led to the board at Birmingham to consider Zola’s position and they could sack the former Watford boss in the summer following the end of the season. They have been unimpressed with what Zola has been able to do with the team especially as form hasn’t improved dramatically like they wanted when they allowed him to sign a lot of new players during the January transfer window.

And the man they are eyeing up as Zola’s replacement is Vukomanovic, someone who is a complete unknown on these shores. He has been doing very well in Slovakia with Slovan Bratislava and currently has them 2nd in the Slovak Super Liga which would qualify them for a Europa League place. He has attracted interest from England before, with reports suggesting that he had an interview with Nottingham Forest over their vacant role, but now he could finally make the move to England to try and restore Birmingham to their former glories.

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