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 By PA Sport

Birmingham City sack boss Steve Cotterill, reportedly target Garry Monk

Steve Cotterill is out as the manger of Birmingham City.

Steve Cotterill has been sacked by Birmingham City, the Championship club announced on Saturday, with Garry Monk reportedly in pole position to replace him as manager.

The 53-year-old was only appointed in September but his reign ended following Saturday's 2-1 Championship loss -- a fifth straight defeat -- at Nottingham Forest.

The result left Blues third from bottom in the table, two points from the safety line, and hunting their third permanent manager of the season.

"This course of action is taken with great regret and sadness," a club statement read. "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.

"However, the Board feel that a change in management at this stage is in the best interests of the Football Club."

Multiple reports on Saturday night said Birmingham's board will turn to Monk, with the 38-year-old still available since leaving Middlesbrough in December.

He wants to get back into management and Blues, who have kept tabs on the Welshman ever since he left Swansea in 2015, are ready to offer him that chance.

The Championship outfit have also held talks with former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan, despite the 61-year-old being out of club management since 2010.

Cotterill only took charge of Blues last September, penning a two-and-a-half-year deal worth around £450,000-a-year. But he struggled to turn things around, winning seven of his 27 games.

Cotterill, who said he had positive talks with the club's owners this week, replaced Harry Redknapp after the former Tottenham boss lasted just 13 games.

Redknapp was drafted in for the final three games of last season -- with Cotterill his assistant -- and guided Blues to safety, banking a £250,000 survival bonus.

He was given £20million to spend in the summer, breaking the club's transfer record by signing Jota from Brentford for over £6million, but left after only 10 games of this season.

Coaches Paul Groves, Paul Williams and Kevin Hitchcock along with director of football Jeff Vetere have also left.

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