Birmingham Sack Clark After Bolton Defeat

  • October 20, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Birmingham City have sacked manager Lee Clark, just 48 hours after their 1-0 defeat at home to Bolton.

Clark was appointed manager of the Blues in June 2012, following Chris Hughton's departure to Norwich City, and he guided the club to a 12th-placed finish in his debut Championship campaign.

However, City narrowly avoided relegation into League One last season, with a stoppage time equaliser on the final day ensuring survival by virtue of goal difference - with Doncaster Rovers making the drop instead.

Despite starting the season with the promise of a fresh start, Birmingham have won just two of their opening 12 league games and lie just one point above the bottom three.

Saturday's defeat to Bolton extended a dismal home record that has seen them win just two of their last 29 games at St Andrew's in all competitions, leaving the Blues board with little alternative but to begin the search for a new manager.

A statement on Birmingham's official website said: "Birmingham City Football Club has parted company with Lee Clark and Steve Watson with immediate effect.

"The search for a successor has already begun and the Board will look to make an appointment in the very near future.

"In the meantime, first-team coach Richard Beale and chief scout Malcolm Crosby have been placed in caretaker charge.

"The club wishes to place on record its sincere thanks to Lee Clark and Steve Watson for their combined efforts over a period stretching back to June 2012."

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