Pep Clotet has left his position as Birmingham head coach, the Championship club have announced.
The 43-year-old was due to step down at the end of the season, but Wednesday’s 3-1 home defeat by Swansea signalled the end of his time in charge.
Birmingham are 17th in the Championship, four points above the relegation zone with four matches to play.
A Birmingham statement read: “Pep Clotet has this evening left his position as head coach. He was due to step down at the season’s end but it was mutually agreed that he should relinquish the role immediately.
“The board would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Pep for his efforts during the past two years.
“We will be making no further comment at this time.”
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Birmingham announced last month that Clotet would depart when the extended 2019/20 season finally comes to an end.
The Spaniard, who first joined Blues in 2018 as Garry Monk’s assistant, said of his impending exit: “It’s been a really difficult decision to take because it’s a privilege to be part of the Blues family, but it’s the best step for everyone and it allows the Club to continue to move forward with their vision and strategy.
“I’m very grateful to the Club, its board and the supporters for placing their faith in me to lead the team this season and to face up to the challenges involved in what’s been a key transition under really demanding circumstances.
“We were set the objective of bringing stability to the Club, promoting our Academy and instilling a different playing style and, thanks to the togetherness that everyone has shown, we have been able to successfully move in that direction.
“It’s now time for us to focus on the remainder of the season and for the Club to continue building on these foundations.”