Date: 17th April 2017 at 8:18pm
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Statistically, Gianfranco Zola goes on record as the worst Birmingham City manager of all time. The Italian has had a torrid tenure which has produced just two wins from 24 games.

After the defeat against Burton Albion today, Zola looked a broken man. A highly likeable individual and a legend of the sport, it should not have come to this.

Blues’ season reached its nadir over the Easter weekend. Two seemingly winnable games produced just a solitary point leaving them in serious danger of relegation.

Zola’s tenure was always going to be rocky. After replacing a popular manager, the 50 year-old was always going to have his work cut out not only to maintain the club’s play-off push but also to adapt the style of play.

Several performances have been highly encouraging despite the disappointing results. But as Blues continued to plummet down the table, Zola pressed the panic button and reverted to a more defensive style.

Arguably, he should have been relieved of his duties long before now. Yet the people at the club who made the shoddy appointment would have to do a great deal of pride swallowing.

To be fair to Zola, he has fronted up to the media this evening and spoke openly about his desire to help the club progress. This situation has clearly hurt him and dented his pride. But there was no other choice than for him to resign.

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