Steve Cotterill, who replaced Harry Redknapp at the start of October last year, has been unable to change the club’s fortunes during his five months in charge and the clash at the City Ground will be his last.
No matter what the result, it is claimed Birmingham’s hierarchy have had enough of the poor results and performances, leading them to make the decision to sack their manager for a second time this season.
The Blues are currently sitting 22nd heading into the weekend’s fixtures, two points adrift of Barnsley in 21st, and have lost their last five matches in all competitions, scoring just once in that poor run.
Monk, who was relieved of his duties at Middlesbrough in December, has reportedly agreed to take charge of the relegation-threatened club and could be appointed as earlier as Saturday night.
It is understood Pep Clotet will be the 38-year-old’s assistant, with James Beattie also becoming part of his coaching team.
Paul Huntington says Preston's play-off hopes this season hinge on them getting the balance right on and off the pitch.