Dean Smith was left surprised by Birmingham City sacking Gary Rowett much like the rest of the football world.
The Blues decided to dump their manager and bring in Gianfranco Zola and, so far, it has had a negative effect on fortunes.
Rowett's style of play was not always easy on the eye but he lifted a club that was in the mire to one that was challenging for the top six.
“Surprised is the word. You can't be shocked by football these days. If they'd mentioned the style of play it may have been more plausible. It was surprising they made the change,” he said.
“They've got the same players there. I don't forsee a sudden transfer spree before we play them. It'll be the same players we've played against. We'll have watched their games but it's the same players.”
The Bees have a quick turnaround and travel up to the Midlands today (New Year's Day) after their game with Norwich yesterday.
Smith said: “We're very good at recovery. We can celebrate New Year and travel up to Birmingham on the Sunday and playing on the Monday. It's our job to be ready.”
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