Former Swansea City and Leeds United manager Garry Monk has been appointed Birmingham City boss.
Monk, who was most recently employed by Middlesbrough, will replace
"After talks today, Monk has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.
Having held previous discourse with members of the club's hierarchy and assured that his departure would be announced as one of mutual consent, the 53-year-old is understood to have been shocked by the manner in which he was let go.
Garry Monk the saviour got blues then, the guy been sacked from Swansea and boro and managed to finish outside the play offs with Leeds despite spending the majority of the season in the top 4. Don’t get the hype around him. 4 jobs by the age of 38 says it all— LiAM (@LiamReading93) March 4, 2018
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"Steve has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the club at all times, his work ethic and honesty are a credit to him and there is a genuine sadness at this decision," the club said.
"However, the board feel that a change in management at this stage is in the best interests of the football club."
The Blues are in the 22nd spot on the Championship table and two points adrift of safety after playing 35 games this season, leaving Monk with all to do in attempts to turn things around.