Birmingham City have announced that Pep Clotet is the Blues’ new head coach after impressing in a caretaker role following Garry Monk’s sacking in the summer – and Leeds fans have poked fun at the Sheffield Wednesday gaffer.
Clotet was appointed Birmingham City assistant manager in March 2018 when Monk was hired by the Blues, and has since remained at the club. He also worked under Monk at Swansea City and Leeds United.
But following Monk’s sacking at the end of the 2018-19 season, Clotet remained at Birmingham and replaced Monk as caretaker manager. After guiding Birmingham to a relatively safe 15th place after 19 league games, Clotet has been named head coach.
Birmingham announced the news on their official website, confirming that Clotet is the club’s first head coach – not a manager – while also not revealing the length of the Spaniard’s contract. It is Clotet’s second spell in English management, after Oxford.
OFFICIAL: Blues are delighted to announce that @pepclotet has been appointed Head Coach
Full details ? https://t.co/ZQmrFq1t9b
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) December 4, 2019
Prior to Sheffield Wednesday’s meeting with Birmingham towards the end of November – a match which ended 1-1 – Monkcame out with a bizarre rant about Clotet, claiming the new Brum boss had shown a lack of loyalty by replacing him at St. Andrews.
Clotet recently told TalkSPORT that it “would have great to stay” at Leeds, beyond his year-long spell as assistant manager during 2016-17. Monk left after just one season, as he failed to agree terms with owner Andrea Radrizzani.
With Monk leaving Leeds, Clotet chose the selfless option and put Monk’s interests before his – leaving with Monk. Leeds fans reacted to the news that Clotet has become Birmingham’s head coach, and many have teased Monk following the appointment.
Garrrrrrry won't be happy
— Ben Levene (@bennyboyyorks) December 4, 2019
Good news ?? Hopefully this will help Garry Monk with his description next time ?
— Gill?? (@Gill_W_) December 4, 2019
Monk right now. pic.twitter.com/r1n83Il109
— Kamil Biały (@Lajt89) December 4, 2019
@GarryMonk does that clear his title up?
— Mitchell Emmerson (@MitchellEmmers2) December 4, 2019
@GarryMonk Here's that clarification you needed mate ?♂️
— Lewis James Armitstead ?? (@1ManArmytstead) December 4, 2019
Great guy, honest and passionate. Good luck (apart from against us). Now Gary Monk can stop being confused bless him… ? MOT!
— Tim Hoolahan ?⚪️? (@TimHoolahan) December 4, 2019