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Birmingham City confirm Spaniard as caretaker manager after Monk sacking

The club says they are ‘not actively seeking another Head Coach or Manager at this time.’

Clotet sitting alongside Monk in a Championship clash with Derby County last November.
Clotet sitting alongside Monk in a Championship clash with Derby County last November.
Image: Barrington Coombs

BIRMINGHAM CITY HAVE confirmed that Pep Clotet will take over as caretaker manager for the upcoming season and say they are “not actively seeking another head coach or manager at this time.”

The Spaniard takes over from Gary Monk, after previously serving as his assistant manager.

Monk was sacked earlier this week following last season’s 17th-placed finish in the Championship. His departure comes just 15 months after his appointment at St Andrew’s.

Clotet’s fellow coaches James Beattie, Darryl Flahavan, Sean Rush and Ryan Needs will also remain in their roles with The Blues.

Meanwhile, experienced midfielder Craig Gardner joins the staff in a player-coach capacity.

The roles were formally agreed and ratified after a meeting with club CEO Xuandong Ren and club director Edward Zheng on Thursday.

Pep will be our caretaker Head Coach and we are not seeking anyone else,” said Ren following the appointments.

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