Birmingham City have today announced that Aitor Karanka has stepped down as manager of Birmingham City as the club find themselves with two wins in their last ten matches, and in a poor slump of form.

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The Spaniard, who joined the club on the 31st July 2020, has been under scrutiny for recent weeks, with the club third in the league for the least goals scored this season, and third for the most goals conceded in the league too – this has left the side 21st in the EFL Championship, three points away from the drop zone. Karanka originally signed a three-year deal with the club, but rumours had circulated after Birmingham’s 0-3 defeat to Bristol City that his position in charge was under threat.

The favourite to take the managerial position is Lee Bowyer, who stepped down from his role as Charlton Athletic manager yesterday. Other favourites according to the bookies include Danny Cowley, Chris Coleman and Chris Wilder. It’s expected that the next managerial announcement will be made in due course, with Birmingham City playing Reading on Wednesday evening.

UPDATE: Lee Bowyer has now been confirmed as the new manager of Birmingham City, on a contract that runs until June 2023.

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