London - Championship strugglers Birmingham hired Burton Albion's Gary Rowett as their new manager on Monday.
Rowett replaces Lee Clark, who was sacked last week, and has taken his Burton backroom staff of Kevin Summerfield, Kevin Poole and Mark Sale with him to St Andrews.
The 40-year-old joins a Birmingham side reeling from an 8-0 loss against Bournemouth on Saturday, which was their worst ever home defeat and left them second bottom of the English second tier.
Rowett, who got the job ahead of other contenders including former Bolton boss Owen Coyle and ex-Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan, returns to Birmingham 14 years after he was sold to Leicester following a successful two-year spell as a defender.
He made 106 appearances for the club between 1998 and 2000 before finishing his playing career at Burton in 2007 after a spell at Charlton.
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Rowett won 63 of his 142 games with Burton after he replaced Paul Peschisolido in March 2012 and lost 1-0 to Fleetwood in the League Two play-off final last season.
He had guided them to third in the table this term and lost his final game in charge 1-0 at Stevenage on Saturday.
Rowett's first match at Birmingham will be Saturday's Midlands derby with Wolves at St Andrew's.
Birmingham club director Panos Pavlakis said on the club website: "I'd like to formally welcome Gary ahead of the start of a new era for Birmingham City Football Club and I trust all supporters will join me in giving their full backing to our new manager and his backroom staff.
"The board fully understands supporters' frustrations during what has recently been a very difficult period for the football club. As a result, the board will endeavour to improve communication with our loyal supporters moving forward."