Monk reunited with Clotet at Birmingham

Clotet (right) became manager of Oxford United after leaving Leeds

Clotet (right) became manager of Oxford United after leaving Leeds

NEW Birmingham boss Garry Monk has been reunited with assistant Pep Clotet after assembling the same backroom staff he had at Leeds United.

The duo went their separate ways after their time at Elland Road, with Monk moving to Middlesbrough and Clotet to Oxford United. Now they are back together after Monk was chosen to replace Steve Cotterill at St Andrews.

Clotet's return means there is no place on the staff for Dave Adams, who was Monk's first-team coach at Middlesbrough. James Beattie and goalkeeper coach Darryl Flahavan will be Monk’s other assistants at the Championship strugglers. All have agreed contracts until the summer of 2021.

Sean Rush joins as Head of Performance and Ryan Needs as Head of Analysis. Birmingham said they were “delighted to have secured the services of one of the game's brightest young managers,” who had “brought the good times back to Elland Road.”

However, the former defender’s time at Middlesbrough was ignominious, ending after just six months. Many said he had missed the influence of Clotet.

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