In a season that promised so much for Birmingham City, the club will now be looking to rebuild and regroup going into the summer.
An array of off-field problems eventually took their toll, with the club being hit with a nine-point deduction due to breaching profitability and sustainability rules.
The West Midlands side looked to be a club on the up, having made great strides under the management of Garry Monk, with the club sitting firmly within the play-off spots for the majority of the campaign.
The 40-year old has built a fantastic rapport with Birmingham fans, and would have probably guided them into the play-off positions if it weren’t for their points deduction.
The manager deserves a lot of credit for the job he has done this season, with reports even claiming that West Bromwich Albion are looking to hire the former Leeds boss in the summer.
It would be a massive kick in the teeth if they were to lose Monk, especially to their local rivals, but here, we take a look at three replacements that the club should consider if he does leave in the summer.
If West Brom are looking to deal Birmingham a massive blow, then the latter should look to get revenge on their Midlands rivals by hiring their former boss.
Moore was hugely impressive during his tenure of the Baggies, but was controversially sacked with his side sitting firmly in the play-off spots in February.
He is a fantastic coach, and could be open to another job in management straight away.
Bowyer is a man that the St. Andrew’s faithful will know well, having made over 90 appearances for the club during a three-year stay.
But the former Blues midfielder has taken to management like a duck to water, guiding his Charlton side to a League One play-off finish for the second time in two years.
If the Addicks don’t go up this season, then plenty of Championship clubs should be looking at him.
Probably the most promising manager in the country, Lincoln boss Cowley is set for a massive future in the game.
The 40-year old, along with brother Nicky, have been a resounding success at Sincil Bank, guiding the Imps to promotion from League Two this term.
The pair are more than capable of making the step-up.