Birmingham City have sacked manager Steve Cotterill after just five months with ex-Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk expected to take over the reins at St Andrew's, according to Birmingham Live.

The former Burton Albion striker, who scored 44 goals in a two-year spell between 1987 and 1989, leaves after his side's 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Steve Cotterill greets Nigel Clough
Steve Cotterill greets Nigel Clough

That result leaves the Blues in the relegation zone, in 22nd place and one point above the Brewers and two points adrift of 21st placed Barnsley.

Cotterill succeeded Harry Redknapp in October and a run of one defeat in seven games at the turn of the year hauled the Blues out of the relegation zone.

But five consecutive defeats has spelled the end for the 53-year-old, who becomes the fourth manager to leave St Andrew's in 14 months.

"This course of action is taken with great regret and sadness," the club said in a statement.

"Steve has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the Club at all times, his work ethic and honesty are a credit to him and there is a genuine sadness at this decision.

"However, the Board feel that a change in management at this stage is in the best interests of the Football Club. We sincerely thank Steve and all the exiting backroom staff for their efforts and wish them all the very best for the future."

Gianfranco Zola, Redknapp's predecessor, left after a 3-0 defeat to Burton in April.

Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill

Zola was installed after another former Brewer, Gary Rowett, was sacked in December 2016.