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Garry Monk 'in advanced talks with Birmingham City'

Monk 'in advanced talks with Birmingham'
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Former Swansea, Leeds and Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk is reportedly in advanced talks to take over the vacant post in charge of Birmingham City.

Birmingham City have reportedly entered advanced negotiations with Garry Monk over the prospect of becoming their next manager.

The Blues sacked Steve Cotterill on Saturday following a 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest - the club's fifth consecutive league loss and a result which leaves Birmingham two points from safety in the Championship table.

Monk immediately emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Cotterill, and Sky Sports News reports that discussions have moved quickly.

Confirmation of Monk's appointment is expected within the next 24 hours, with the Birmingham hierarchy eager to get the deal done in time for Monk to take training on Monday.

Should that be the case then Monk's first match as Birmingham manager would come against Middlesbrough - the club that sacked him in December after only six months at the helm.

Monk has also spent time in charge of Swansea City and Leeds United during his managerial career.

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Brum boss Steve Cotterill watches on during the Championship game between Birmingham City and Cardiff City on October 13, 2017
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Middlesbrough13742167925
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd138142215725
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1373331181324
4Leeds UnitedLeeds1365223111223
5Derby CountyDerby136341714321
6Norwich CityNorwich136341716121
7Blackburn RoversBlackburn135621616021
8Wigan AthleticWigan136251516-120
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham CityBirmingham133821412217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541210217
16Queens Park RangersQPR135261119-817
17Stoke CityStoke134451719-216
18Bolton WanderersBolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham133371020-1012
21Preston North EndPreston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull City132381120-99
24Ipswich TownIpswich131661120-99

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