Writing in The Sun, chief football reporter Alan Nixon says that Birmingham City are going to bounce straight back after sacking Steve Cotterill by naming Garry Monk as his replacement.

Writing in the online version of the newspaper, Nixon says that “Garry Monk will be back in management with Birmingham City,” and will take over the recently-vacated reins left by former Blues boss Steve Cotterill.

The affable Cotterill learned of his fate, according to Nixon, after a defeat by Nottingham Forest in Birmingham’s last run-out. The Sun journalist reported that “the Blues chief [Cotterill] and his staff were summoned to the training ground immediately after the game to learn their fate.”

Nixon also adds a twist to Monk’s impending arrival by adding that he will be joined by a familiar face, that of Pep Clotet. Monk and Clotet are currently both out of work after being relieved of their duties at Middlesbrough and Oxford United respectively.

The pair were successful in helping turn a mediocre Leeds United squad in to play-off hopeful challengers last season before a late-season run of bad form saw the Whites drop out of the top six and end up in a final 7th place in the league table.

Monk and Clotet will arrive at a Birmingham side definitely feeling the Blues and currently sat in 22nd place in the league, that last of the relegation places. The former Leeds and Swansea pairing will have just 11 games to drag their new side away from the clutching mire of a relegation battle.

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