Birmingham City have confirmed the arrival of Lee Clark as their new manager.
Clark was controversially sacked by Huddersfield Town last season, but that has not stopped Blues from naming him as the successor to Chris Hughton, who left for Norwich City earlier this summer.
With the 39-year-old now in charge, Birmingham City are 20/1 to win the Championship with bet365
, while the bookmaker offer odds of 6/1 on Blues being promoted to the Premier League.
Acting chairman Peter Pannu told the club’s official website: “I was impressed by Lee's tenacity, zest and his ambition.
“He is enthused by the challenge ahead and is determined to make Birmingham City a real force in the npower 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.”
Clark considered one of the brightest young managerial talents in English football, having led Huddersfield to a record-setting 43-game unbeaten run, but the former Newcastle United player was sensationally axed by the Terriers back in February despite guiding the club to fourth place in the League One standings.
Huddersfield went on to achieve promotion via the play-offs, and following their penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield United current Town boss Simon Grayson paid tribute to Clark.
Grayson said: “Credit goes to Lee Clark because he put most of that team together.”
Clark will now have the opportunity to get one over on his former club, with a match at St Andrews scheduled for October 6 and his return to the Galpharm Stadium set for January 12.