Craig Gardner and Steve Spooner to take charge of Birmingham against Stoke

Craig Gardner and Steve Spooner will take charge of Birmingham for Sunday’s game against fellow strugglers Stoke – live on Sky Sports.

Pep Clotet was due to leave at the end of the season but it was mutually agreed he would leave after Wednesday night’s 3-1 home defeat to Swansea left them 17th in the Sky Bet Championship, four points above the relegation zone with four matches to play.

Senior Professional Development Coach Spooner will work alongside first-team coach Gardner, who played 125 games for the Blues in four separate spells at St Andrew’s, including two loan moves.

A Birmingham statement on Wednesday read: “Pep Clotet has this evening left his position as head coach.

“He was due to step down at the season’s end but it was mutually agreed that he should relinquish the role immediately.

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