After surviving relegation on a dramatic Championship final day on Sunday, Birmingham have gone to appoint Jeff Vetere as their new director of football.
The 50-year-old will help the Blues’ manager – expected to be Harry Redknapp, who is set to sign a one-year deal – to identify and sign new players, while also providing support to the club’s medical, sports science and welfare departments and the academy.
“It is an honour to be given this opportunity to work at such a great football club, with a lot of tradition and a great fan base,” Vetere told Birmingham’s official website.
“Football is my life and to be part of this new project, to help push the club forward, is an exciting challenge.”
Vetere has held the role of technical director at both West Ham and Charlton, was technical co-ordinator at Newcastle and chief scout at Aston Villa, while he also spent four months at Real Madrid.