Gianfranco Zola resigns as Birmingham City manager

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Birmingham City fans voiced their displeasure at the final whistle after the Blues lost 2-0 at home to Burton Albion

Gianfranco Zola has resigned as Birmingham City manager, the Sky Bet Championship club has confirmed.

Birmingham confirmed Zola's decision to leave around an hour after the 2-0 loss to Burton Albion, a result that left them only three points outside the relegation places.

Zola was appointed Birmingham manager in December following the sacking of now-Derby boss Gary Rowett.

At the time, the Blues were sitting seventh in the Championship table and just three points behind Reading in third place.

He managed just two wins and 13 points from his 22 league games in charge and Easter Monday defeat at home to one of their closest rivals led to vociferous criticism from fans at the final whistle.

Chants of 'We Want Zola Out' rang around the stadium, and fans got their wish around 60 minutes later when the club made their announcement on Twitter.

Zola faced the press soon after the announcement and he said: "I am sorry because obviously I came here with huge expectations, from the club and myself.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Burton Albion.

"Results unfortunately haven't been good and I take full responsibility for that. I am the first one to be disappointed with the results.

"It's not that I like quitting but I feel like this club deserves the best chance. If I feel like I cannot help these players why stay - it's better that I leave and let somebody else do that."

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