Birmingham City have given their backing to manager Gianfranco Zola, denying reports the club is looking to replace him.
An official club statement reads: “Birmingham City would like to clarify the situation in regard to Gianfranco Zola after recent articles in the media over the weekend: the club has not lined up any manager to replace Gianfranco, who has the continual full support of the Blues Board of Directors.
“Whilst we understand the frustrations caused by the run of results, the way the supporters got behind Gianfranco and the team on Saturday at St. Andrew’s was typical of Blues fans’ passion, care for the club and desire for success, which is what we all share and much appreciate.
“The Board and all departments at the club are keeping united and standing alongside Gianfranco, his staff and the players, to try and play the kind of football every Blues supporter deserves to watch.”
Birmingham head to already-relegated Rotherham United on Friday before taking on fellow strugglers Burton Albion next Monday as they look to secure their Championship status.
The late defeat to Gary Rowett’s Derby County on Saturday was Zola’s 13th loss in all competitions in just 22 matches as Blues boss.
Since taking charge in December, the Italian has won only two games.
That run of form has seen Blues slide down the table to 18th place, just six points above the relegation zone.