Date: 28th February 2018 at 8:13am
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Xuandong Ren is set to fight Steve Cotterill’s corner in what seems like a political move engineered to preserve his own position.

The Birmingham City board have scheduled a meeting today to thrash out the managers future and to decide on a potential replacement if indeed the axe does fall.

Cotterill was Ren’s choice to succeed Harry Redknapp who was sacked back in September.

But there is a great belief that Ren is also walking on thin ice after a well documented fall out with Darren Dein – a scout employed by the owner.

Sacking Cotterill would be another black mark against Ren’s name and would increase the already mounting pressure on him.

Cotterill was Blues’ fourth manager in less than a year when he was appointed last October. In his 26 games at the helm, he has failed to improve the club’s situation on the pitch.

Despite Ren’s attempts at glossing over Cotterill’s reign, club directors are thought to be overwhelmingly in favour of relieving the 53 year-old of his duties.

Garry Monk was instilled as the bookmakers early favourite to become the next man in the dugout but those odds are set to drift today as there is doubts over the former Swansea boss’ interest in the role.

Another former Swansea manager, Paul Clement, has been mentioned by club officials.

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