Former Huddersfield boss Lee Clark has been confirmed as the new manager of Birmingham.
The 39-year-old has been appointed at the Championship club after impressing in two rounds of interviews beating off competition from Alan Curbishley, Phil Brown and Roy Keane.
And after being selected as the man to fill the void left by Chris Hughton, who departed St Andrew’s for Norwich, acting chairman Peter Pannu has revealed Clark’s ambition is what attracted the club to employ him.
"I was impressed by Lee's tenacity, zest and his ambition,” Pannu said. “He is enthused by the challenge ahead and is determined to make Birmingham City a real force in the Championship this season. Judging from his record at Huddersfield, I know he has the capability to do exactly that.
"The shortlist of four, out of the 22 applicants, that we put together meant that the appointment of Lee Clark was carefully studied and was a thorough and informed decision by the board. I now expect the fans to give him their full support."
Clark will be officially unveiled at a press conference at St Andrew's at 12.30pm on Wednesday and arrives with a pedigree having led Huddersfield to the League One play-off semi-finals in 2010 before going one step further a year later, losing out 3-0 to Peterborough in the final.
Clark is understood to have been recommended to Birmingham by Hughton, whose impressive work in little under a year in charge of the financially-stricken midlands outfit helped him land a role in the Premier League with Norwich.