Gianfranco Zola has resigned as Birmingham City manager following Monday’s home defeat by fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion.
The 50-year-old Italian was in charge for just four months, during which time the team won only twice in 24 games.
Their 2-0 loss to Burton left them 20th in the Championship table, just three points above the relegation places with three games remaining.
“I sacked myself. I decided to give in my resignation,” said Zola.
“I am sorry because I came to Birmingham with huge expectations. Unfortunately, the results have not been good and I take full responsibility.
“It is not that I like quitting, but Birmingham deserves better. If I feel I cannot help the players, why stay? If I cannot help the team, it is better I leave and let someone else do that.
“I feel very bad and very sorry. We worked with a lot of meaning, but unfortunately it didn’t produce the results. It is all very disappointing.”