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Points deduction has left Birmingham in ‘serious situation’, says Garry Monk

• Blues manager preparing for Friday’s trip to West Brom
• Nine-point sanction has left City five points above bottom three

Garry Monk has admitted Birmingham City are in a “serious situation” after being docked nine points for a breach of the Football League’s profitability and sustainability rules, but the Championship club’s manager also insisted he has every faith in his players’ ability to climb clear of the relegation zone and achieve safety twice in the same season.

Birmingham have plummeted to 18th place in the wake of the punishment handed out last week, leaving them five points above the bottom three before Friday night’s derby at West Brom. The penalty was imposed after Birmingham recorded total losses of £48.8m from the start of the 2015?16 season through to the end of the 2017?18 campaign, almost £10m more than the £39m limit.

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