Birmingham City currently find themselves in a rather difficult position in the Championship table.
The Blues currently sit 21st in the second-tier standings, three points clear of the relegation zone with ten games of their league campaign still to be played.
Perhaps not surprisingly therefore, things have been rather busy at St Andrew’s in recent times, as the club looks to ensure they avoid relegation to League One for next season.
Here, we’ve taken a look at some of the biggest stories to have emerged surrounding Birmingham in the past few days, starting with a very big decision in the St Andrew’s dugout.
Karanka out, Bowyer in
After a hugely difficult debut campaign in charge at St Andrew’s, Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Bristol City proved to be the final straw for Aitor Karanka.
In the wake of that defeat, it was confirmed on Monday night that the Spaniard had left the club, having won eight of his 38 games in charge of the Blues, losing 19 of them.
It didn’t take long for Birmingham to announce Karanka’s successor either, with former midfielder Lee Bowyer’s return to the club as manager confirmed just moments later, with the new Blues boss signing a contract with the club until the summer of 2023.
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Bowyer decision criticised
To take over that position at St Andrew’s, Bowyer first had to resign from his role as manager of League One promotion chasers Charlton Athletic, a job he had been in for just short of three years.
However, it seems as though not everyone agreed with Bowyer’s decision to swap The Valley for St Andrew’s, with former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan a notable dissenter.
Speaking ahead of Bowyer’s much anticipated appointment, Jordan was quoted by Birmingham Live as questioning on TalkSport, why Bowyer would want to leave a promotion chasing side with strong financial backing such as Charlton, to make the move to a club in the position that the Blues currently find themselves.
Premier League club back out of Rico Browne chase
Away from the managerial change, it seems there has also been transfer business for Birmingham to attend to recently, concerning 17-year-old centre back Rico Browne.
The teenager has seen plenty of speculation around his future in recent weeks amid interest from the Premier League, with West Ham even taking the defender on trial recently, although it now seems that Browne will not be going anywhere anytime soon.
According to a report from Football Insider, Birmingham have now placed a £1million price tag on Browne, something which is said to have put the likes of West Ham, Tottenham and Brighton off a move, with those clubs now looking at alternative targets.