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Zola was on the verge of being sacked before resignation

Zola was on the verge of being sacked before resignation

Gianfranco Zola was on the verge of being sacked by Birmingham City before he resigned, Vital Birmingham understands.

The Italian resigned on Easter Monday following a 2-0 defeat to Burton Albion at St. Andrews. Zola left Blues deep in relegation trouble after just two wins from 24 games.

But Vital Birmingham has learned that club directors had scheduled a meeting for the Tuesday morning after the Burton game and planned on relieving Zola from his duties.

The 50-year-old was under increasing pressure from the fans who turned against him for the first time on Good Friday during the draw with already relegated Rotherham.

After taking over from Gary Rowett with Blues in 7th and three points from second, Zola left Blues a single point above the Championship's bottom three.

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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Wednesday May 17 2017
Time: 8:15PM


Whoever comes in as number two now must be one of the most sought after posts. To work with Harry knowing that within two years you will be boss is tantalising. That is why I am baffled as to why Cotterill turn down the chance.Perhaps Harry had second thoughts or something else but if what we hear is true then Cotterill must have something very special lined up.
17/05/2017 20:44:00
As regards Zola,let's forget it. My summer would have been ruined if he had stayed,along with multitudes of others.Rednapp,like Caddis were heaven sent and lest we never forget.
17/05/2017 20:51:00
And here's me thinking that TTA did a deal with Zola that allowed him to walk away without the stigma of a sacking and with a bit of cash or why walk and miss out on his payoff? Think I will stick with what I believe
Sausage n egg
17/05/2017 21:39:00
Whatever the permutations its a good job it happened when it did otherwise we would have been relegated.
17/05/2017 21:49:00
Sausage n egg - nothing to say Zola knew of the scheduled meeting. He simply got there first
Rob Wildey1
17/05/2017 22:06:00
The fans turned against him for the first time on Good Friday during the draw with already relegated Rotherham. LOL the fans where I sit and every fan in the pup I drink in after the game was against him 10 games in. Anyway I could see Zola quitting before hit was out of his hands no one wants the sack It looks better on him. He should quit being a manager he as no clue a waste of time.
17/05/2017 23:54:00
Yeah right. If the fans had given Zola grief earlier I think he would've walked earlier. TTA would NOT have sacked him . If Zola hadn't walked we would've been down with Zola planning for league 1.
Ijaz H
18/05/2017 17:15:00
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