LEE BOWYER is leaving Birmingham City as his short reign comes to an end.
Bowyer has been "waiting for the sack" according to pals and the split is coming as the squad prepare for the new season.
Blues have been involved in takeover talks and Bowyer was unhappy with his position after learning there were limited funds – and the potential owners wanted a new man.
Bowyer is due money as a settlement and it is dropping as he enters a new campaign. However, this six-figure sum will have to be settled.
The former Leeds United midfield took over from Aitor Karanka in March 2021.
Last season he led Birmingham to 20th in the Championship in his first full term in charge.
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The club has been mired in off-the-pitch issues in recent weeks as a controversial takeover continues to take place.
Prospective new owner Laurence Bassini has spoken openly about finding a different manager while Bowyer was still in place.
Ex-Watford owner Bassini reportedly wanted Mark Warburton to take over, but the former QPR manager has since joined the coaching staff at West Ham.
On the pitch and Birmingham has lost both staff and key players, leaving them with just 12 first-teamers ahead of the season.
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Bowyer's assistant Mark Kennedy has left to join Lincoln City, leaving the boss without a no.2 ahead of pre-season.
Important players from last season Kristian Pedersen and Jeremie Bela have already left, while loan players Lyle Taylor, Teden Mengi, Onel Hernandez and Matija Sarkic have returned to their parent clubs.
Birmingham's first game of the season is at the end of the month at Luton on July 30.
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