Aitor Karanka has been sacked by Birmingham City, Football Insider has learned.

The 47-year-old was only appointed at St. Andrew’s in July of last year but recent results have seen his position at the club come under intense scrutiny.

A source has told Football Insider that Karanka has been dismissed from his duties by the club.

It comes after Birmingham were beaten at home 3-0 by Bristol City on Saturday.

Karanka was defiant in his post-match press conference after the loss, and when quizzed about his potential resignation he responded: “No chance.”

He leaves the Blues just three points above the relegation zone with 10 games remaining in the Championship.

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The West Midlands side have won just two of their last 12 league fixtures, one of which was a 1-0 victory over a Sheffield Wednesday side reduced to 10-men.

Karanka won just eight of his 38 games in charge of Birmingham City, at a points-per-game average of 0.92.

It was his third job in management, having enjoyed a four-year spell at Middlesbrough and a 12-month spell at Nottingham Forest.

At Boro, the Spanish manager achieved great success and led the club back to the Premier League in the 2015-16 campaign.

Birmingham have a torrid run of fixtures over the next six weeks and face four of the Championship’s top-five sides.

The Blues welcome Reading to St. Andrew’s this Wednesday, before games against Watford, Swansea and Brentford.

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