Stoke City’s Championship rivals Birmingham to part company with manager



Birmingham City have confirmed head coach Pep Clotet will leave the club when the current Championship season is concluded.

The 43-year-old joined the club as previous boss Garry Monk’s assistant before succeeding him, initially on an interim basis, in June 2019.

The Blues have said Clotet will be leaving the club “to explore other coaching opportunities.

Birmingham are currently 16th in the Championship table, with the season expected to resume on June 20.

On his departure, Clotet said: “It’s been a really difficult decision to take because it’s a privilege to be part of the Blues family, but it’s the best step for everyone and it allows the club to continue to move forward with their vision and strategy.

“I’m very grateful to the club, its board and the supporters for placing their faith in me to lead the team this season and to face up to the challenges involved in what’s been a key transition under really demanding circumstances.

“We were set the objective of bringing stability to the club, promoting our academy and instilling a different playing style and, thanks to the togetherness that everyone has shown, we have been able to successfully move in that direction.

“It’s now time for us to focus on the remainder of the season and for the club to continue building on these foundations.”

Dong Ren, Birmingham’s CEO, said: “Pep will depart with our very best wishes.

“Pep came in as a colleague but he will leave as a friend with our gratitude.

“He has done a very good and thorough job for us and has been professional throughout, always putting the club before himself.

“It’s a decision that is filled with sadness for us both. We value Pep very highly and we know how much he loves this club.

“In the meantime, Pep continues to have our full backing and we are all determined to do everything we can to finish the season strongly and give him the fitting send-off he deserves.”





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