Birmingham City give Gianfranco Zola the dreaded vote of confidence

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 10 April 2017, 11:21

Birmingham City have felt the need to come out and deny reports that they’re considering sacking their beleaguered boss Gianfranco Zola.

In order words they’ve just dealt the Italian a dose of the dreaded vote of confidence, which is the last thing he needed.

In what is proving to be one of the worst managerial decisions in recent memory, Birmingham bizarrely axed Gary Rowett in mid-December, and instantly brought in Zola as his replacement.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll be well aware that Zola has had an absolute shocker since coming in, scraping only two wins in 22 matches over a period of four months.

Zola (two) has somehow managed to win fewer games than Rowett did in his final five matches in charge of the Blues (three), while the latter has already accumulated three victories in four matches at the helm of new club Derby.

This includes Saturday’s 2-1 victory at St Andrew’s, which was a painful reminder of just what Birmingham are missing.

The fans must be furious.

Birmingham’s 2-1 victory away to Wolves in late February was supposed to be a turning point, instead they’ve since failed to win a single one of their following seven games, five of which they’ve lost.

As a result, the Blues have been dragged into a relegation zone: six points above the drop with five games to play.

On Friday Zola - providing he’s still in a job - takes his troops to the home of relegated Rotherham, who have lost their last 10 games on the spin.

If Birmingham lose, or even fail to win, then the pressure on Zola would simply be overwhelming.

Some damning statistics:

 

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