Eleventh-hour managerial switch could have huge effect on Sheffield Wednesday survival bid

They’re the team Sheffield Wednesday are chasing down in their bid for Championship safety.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 7:12 pm

And with only 10 games remaining in their season, Birmingham City have confirmed their new manager after the sacking of Aitor Karanka.

The Blues, who have been a major part of the relegation conversation for the majority of the season, are on a run of just three wins in their last 20 matches and sit three points ahead of third-bottom Rotherham United, who have three games in hand.

Their former player Lee Bowyer, previously at League One Charlton Athletic, is the man tasked with steering them to safety.

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Lee Bowyer is the new manager of Birmingham City.

Karanka’s job was thought to be dangling by a thread when Birmingham arrived at Hillsborough last month but a 1-0 win saw a mini-resurgence as they took a draw and a win from their next three matches.

“I would like to welcome Lee to Birmingham City Football Club,” said Blues chief executive Xuandong Ren.

“He is a coach who has been on our radar for some time now and as a former player he knows exactly what it means to be a part of this football club.

“We believe he is the man to take us forward, initially in achieving our short-term goal of staying in the Championship and then further into the future as well.

“We are delighted that Lee has joined us at this important stage of the season and we are all committed to ensuring that he and the team are a success.”

Birmingham are seven clear of the Owls, though they have played a game more than Darren Moore’s men.

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