Date: 16th March 2017 at 1:15pm
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Gianfranco Zola remains under serious pressure ahead of Birmingham’s crunch tie with Newcastle United this weekend.

But could the news of Aitor Karanka’s sacking at Middlesbrough mean the Italian boss has to tread even more carefully over the next couple of weeks?

Despite the Blues board claiming they’re giving the under-pressure boss their full backing, supporters have been calling for his head on social media and with title-chasing Newcastle next up at St Andrews, things could get even worse for the struggling Blues.

But with Spanish coach Aitor Karanka now available after leaving Middlesbrough, could he be a decent shout for replacing Zola, if form doesn’t pick up?

Well in short, yes, he could be.

His managerial pedigree is far greater than Zola’s and his sparkling playing career abroad would no doubt appeal to Birmingham’s foreign owners, who want to grow the “Blues brand” abroad.

It’s thought Zola was appointed on this premise and Karanka very much fits that bill too, especially after his time with Real Madrid.

Whilst he hasn’t won masses of silverware at Boro, he’s brought them back into the top-flight and given them a real chance of staying up this season.

The ability to get promotion at this level is seriously appealing to clubs like Blues, who should really be mixing it with the big-boys at the top of the league, just as Garry Rowett did earlier this season.

It’s a move worth considering for certain but it depends solely on how much patience Trillion Trophy Asia have with Zola. Two wins in 18 though? We’ve seen Wigan sack their manager on worse form this week…