Birmingham City today released a statement on the club’s official website which emphasised that any rumours suggesting they were set to replace manager Gianfranco Zola were false and that the Italian had the full support of the board of directors.
Rumours of Zola’s departure were rife after yet another loss at the weekend; this time to former fans’ favourite Gary Rowett’s Derby side.
This left the Blues just six points above the relegation zone, despite them being well positioned to launch a promotion push when Gary Rowett was controversially sacked in December.
Zola’s record has been abysmal at Birmingham: the former Watford and West Ham gaffer has managed just two wins in four months at the club.
The board of directors have vehemently denied reports suggesting that Ivan Vukomanovic is being lined up as the next Blues boss and they have backed Zola.
Here are a selection of the best tweets from Birmingham fans following this statement.
Got excited when I saw this….. Then I read it ????????????????
— Danny King (@danny__king) April 10, 2017
The only kind of football I want to watch is football that wins games. This style most certainly does not win games.
— Lee Hinton (@LeeAHinton95) April 10, 2017
— Tom Craven (@TomCraven93) April 10, 2017
Fans will always be 100% behind the team but if u think the majority are backing Zola, it shows how out of touch u really are #bcfc
— Paul Johnson (@paj130563) April 10, 2017
"try and play the kind of football every Blues supporter deserves to watch".
Let's start with the kind of football that wins the odd game. pic.twitter.com/TQDnOdH3wE
— Dan Rice (@Rice) April 10, 2017
Translation- we're not as rich as we made out and we can't afford to sack him.
— Rob Warner (@Real_Rob_Warner) April 10, 2017
I hate everything about Blues at the minute, we are the laughing stock of the championship. #bcfc
— Luke Simonds (@LukeSimo28) April 10, 2017
Translation – we have no idea what we are doing #zolaout
— Rob Byrne (@blue_robbo) April 10, 2017
JUST SACK HIM
— Jack Hearn (@jsh1875) April 10, 2017
Heartbraking to read on a Monday morning
— Jake Mac (@jake_mccormack) April 10, 2017
— Gail (@gail99a) April 10, 2017
Supporters aren't behind Zola though, you're putting a twist on who they're backing. I knew he wasn't the man for the job from the start…
— Darren 에이스 먼 Harris [SC|MGrs] (@MGAceman) April 10, 2017