Clotet takes caretaker charge at Birmingham

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Birmingham City have confirmed Pep Clotet has been placed in caretaker charge of the club for the foreseeable future.

Birmingham City have confirmed Pep Clotet has been placed in caretaker charge of the club for the foreseeable future.

The Blues sacked Garry Monk earlier this week despite the fact the former Leeds United boss had pushed them towards the play-offs before their points deduction.

Clotet has been Monk’s long-term assistant manager after previous spells at Swansea and Leeds and has decided to stay put at St Andrew’s.

James Beattie (first-team coach), Darryl Flahavan (goalkeeper coach), Sean Rush (head of physical performance) and Ryan Needs (head of analysis) will also remain at the club, while midfielder Craig Gardner becomes a player-coach for the upcoming campaign.

CEO Xuandong Ren and club director Edward Zheng believe the new backroom team will help the club push on as they look to move on after a disappointing campaign last time around.

‘We had a very positive talk with the guys and we are focused on what we want to try and achieve,’ Ren told the club’s official website.

‘Their professionalism shone through during our meeting and we know they are a very talented and hard-working group.

‘Pep will be our caretaker head coach and we are not seeking anyone else.

‘With the support we will continue to provide them, and their expertise in coaching and preparation of the players, we are confident that we can make significant progress towards what we all want to achieve – success for Birmingham City.’

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