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City eye quick appointment
23 Nov 2007 - 16:52:46
Birmingham City expect to appoint a new manager 'within the next week' following Steve Bruce's departure to Wigan Athletic.
Bruce finally swapped St Andrew's for the JJB Stadium on Friday afternoon following a hitch in his return to Wigan.
The 46-year-old had been expected to be unveiled as the Latics boss for the second time in his career on Wednesday only for the confirmation to be delayed over an issue surrounding payment for image rights.
However, he has now moved on and the Blues are confident of appointing a new manager before the end of the month.
"The board would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve for everything he has done whilst in charge at Birmingham City," read a club statement.
"He joined nearly six years ago and during that time the club has moved on and improved under his guidance.
"Birmingham City's board has appointed just three managers in the past 14-and-half years.
"Each of those managers made improvements on their predecessor and took the club forward.
"The board will appoint a new manager within the next week and is looking forward to working with someone who can have an equally positive impact."
Several high-profile managers have been linked with the post including current Scotland boss Alex McLeish.
However, Italy's World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi, former Tottenham manager Martin Jol and ex-Wigan boss Paul Jewell have all reportedly rejected approaches.