Steve Bruce has revealed that the cost of relegation had already decimated his squad with a host of players departing St Andrew's.
However, more disturbingly for Bruce, he admitted that more than one player refused to play in Birmingham's final game of the campaign in a move that left him flabbergasted.
"Professional footballers who don't want to play; that's quite incredible really," Birmingham's manager said.
"I wouldn't hang any individual out to dry but there was certainly more than one who didn't want to play."
Bruce confirmed every one of his out-of-contract players had been axed with the exception of Kenny Cunningham.
Bruce is in negotiations with Birmingham's captain over a deal on reduced terms but has bid farewell to every other out-of-contract or loan player.
Chris Sutton, Jamie Clapham, Nico Vaesen, Stan Lazaridis, Mario Melchiot, Nicky Butt, Martin Latka and Jiri Jarosik will be plying their trade elsewhere next season.
The future of Muzzy Izzet is still shrouded in mystery with speculation persisting that the club are in negotiations to broker a pay-off for the remainder of his contract.
And Bruce admitted he was left with mixed emotions following another difficult weekend culminating in a 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers.
"I spoke to all of the players yesterday," said Bruce with gravitas. "As a manager you have to do that face to face rather than through the media, but they'll all go.
"The only one I am having a conversation with is Kenny Cunningham, as we had a chat on Friday.
"Talks are ongoing with him and we'll see what happens after that.
"We tried to adopt a positive formation and I thought we were the better team," said Bruce referring to the defeat at Bolton.
"We didn't have many options with people dropping like ninepins and others not wanting to play," he added incredulously.
It was an amazing revelation from Bruce and summed up the omnipresent problems he has been forced to endure all season.
However, his reluctance not to name and shame the reprehensible actions of some of his squad is misguided loyalty.
Certain players have shown Bruce a lack of respect with their performances on the pitch and he is well within his rights to lambast them publicly if they deliver the ultimate snub to supporters who subsidise their wages.
It will leave an unpalatable taste in supporters' mouths and Bruce is determined to ensure they receive some form of payback next term.
"I cannot remember a club being relegated with supporters like that," Bruce said.
"The supporters were absolutely unbelievable today and we owe it to them to make sure we are strong enough, both mentally and on the pitch, to give ourselves a chance. I want to be manager but the most vital thing is how we plan for the future. It is horrific at present.
"It's not an automatic wand you wave and bounce back straight into the Premiership.
"Statistics prove that as only 27 per cent of the teams come back straight away.
"I would relish the opportunity to bring them back, but the structure of how we are going to bring them back has to be in place before we make any decision.
"Discounting the three injured players, we have got 15 players left, of which five are 20 or under.
"There are big issues to be addressed and there is a huge rebuilding job ahead.
"We are fortunate after being relegated that we can do it.
"However, I feel desperately disappointed for some people we have had to let go because of simple cost-cutting measures.
"The difference in revenue from the Premiership to the Championship is obscene really."