Birmingham City manager latest: Aitor Karanka set to reject Brum offer as Championship strugglers prepare to offer Steve Cotterill return

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AITOR KARANKA is set to down the chance to become Birminghma City’s new boss.

And that has opened the door for Steve Cotterill to make a dramatic return to the club.

 Aitor Karanka is set to reject the chance to become Birmingham's new manager

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Aitor Karanka is set to reject the chance to become Birmingham’s new manager
 Steve Cotterill is now the favourite to replace Harry Redknapp

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Steve Cotterill is now the favourite to replace Harry Redknapp

Spaniard Karanka was in talks with Blues yesterday and was due to watch them in action this weekend.

However, he has stalled on the move because he is looking for a club with a better chance of success.

Karanka took Middlesbrough to promotion and wants a job where he has a chance of going up this season.

And Blues are still in the bottom three.

Birmingham wanted a quick answer from Karanka and now appear to have got it.

Now they will turn to former coach Cotterill who worked with Harry Redknapp.

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Lee Carsley has been placed in temporary charge of the Blues

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Cotterill was disappointed to be overlooked when Redknapp stayed on.

And he would take the post in an instant.

Blues are also keen to keep caretaker Lee Carsley in a senior capacity and he will be asked to help out Cotterill if he is willing.

 Aitor Karanka led Middlesbrough to promotion in 2016

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