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Former Hammers boss set for City role

Filed: Wednesday, 14th December 2016
By: Staff Writer

Gianfranco Zola is the surprise name to emerge as favourite to replace the sacked Gary Rowett as Birmingham City.

Zola, who managed West Ham between 2008 and 2010 before being sacked by incoming chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold has been named as the shock candidate to replace the popular Rowett, who was fired out of the blue this morning.

During his two season as West Ham boss Zola achieved 9th and 17th-placed finishes, despite losing several key players during his tenure as the club battled to stay afloat after being left with debts in excess of £100million by the Icelandic administration led by Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson.

After his brief spell at West Ham, Zole went on to enjoy management roles with the Italian Under 16s, Watford, Caglieri and, most recently, Al-Arabi in Qatar.

Rowett, 42, has been in charge at St Andrew's since October 2014. Popular with the fans, he had taken the club to 7th place in the Championship prior to his unexpected departure.

A statement on the club's website read: "Gary’s contract, and those of his backroom staff – Kevin Summerfield, Mark Sale, Kevin Poole and Darren Robinson – have been terminated with immediate effect.

"Supporters can rest assured that the decision has been taken with a strategic, long-term view and with the Club’s best interests at heart."

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