The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

FOR­MER Birm­ing­ham de­fender Martin Grainger be­lieves the Blues will be for­tu­nate if they stay up this sea­son, say­ing they should have acted far sooner in re­mov­ing man­ager Gian­franco Zola.

The Ital­ian re­signed fol­low­ing a 2-0 Easter Mon­day de­feat against Bur­ton, bring­ing to an end a dis­as­trous reign.

“I thought he should have gone five or six games prior to the Bur­ton game,” said Grainger. “They prob­a­bly ap­pointed him on the ba­sis of what he did as a player, rather than for his man-man­age­ment.”

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