Championship strugglers Birmingham City confirm Steve Cotterill as their new boss to replace Harry Redknapp

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BIRMINGHAM CITY have appointed Steve Cotterill as their new manager on a two-and-a-half year contract.

Brum confirmed their search for Harry Redknapp’s replacement was over on Friday morning.

 Steve Cotterill has been appointed as the new Birmingham City boss

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Steve Cotterill has been appointed as the new Birmingham City boss
 Steve Cotterill has rejoined the club on a two-and-a-half year deal

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Steve Cotterill has rejoined the club on a two-and-a-half year deal

In a statement on their website they claimed “After a comprehensive and thorough process the club identified Cotterill as the right man to move Blues forward”.

Lee Carsley, who has been in caretaker charge, will also remain at the club as his assistant but will take the side for the final time on Saturday against Hull City.

Xuandong Ren, Birmingham’s CEO, said: “A lot of quality candidates applied for the Manager position and we underwent a very, very careful and meticulous process of selection.

“We have every faith in Steve Cotterill to help us achieve the ambitions we all share.

“We are also delighted that Lee Carsley will be Steve’s Assistant Manager and, with the rest of the management team, we are excited about the future prospects, we are sure they can do a great job.”

As reported by SunSport yesterday, the Blues turned to Redknapp’s former assistant manager after Aitor Karanka rejected the chance to take charge at St Andrew’s.

 Lee Carsley had been placed in temporary charge of the Blues

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Lee Carsley had been placed in temporary charge of the Blues
 Harry Redknapp paid the price for a poor start to the season

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Harry Redknapp paid the price for a poor start to the season

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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.

Paul Williams, who Carsley brought in as assistant first team coach, will leave the club as part of the new shake-up.

 Cotterill missed out on the top job in the summer after he and Redknapp kept the club up

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Cotterill missed out on the top job in the summer after he and Redknapp kept the club up
 Aitor Karanka rejected the chance to take charge earlier this week

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Aitor Karanka rejected the chance to take charge earlier this week
 The former Boro boss wanted to join a side who could challenge for promotion

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The former Boro boss wanted to join a side who could challenge for promotion


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