Birmingham City have parted company with manager Garry Monk after just one full season in charge. The 40-year-old joined the club after a short spell with Middlesbrough in 2017.
Birmingham City and Garry Monk Part Company
Club Statement: Garry Monk
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) 18 June 2019
A statement on the club’s website read: “We have faced significant challenges in relation to Profitability and Sustainability regulations and whilst we will improve our squad and be competitive in the market – the Club’s owners are committed to continued investment – we will do so sensibly and effectively.
“The Club has a pool of talented players and those emerging via the Academy and Under-23s will be embraced, even more so than before. We are certain these young players – as those in our first team already – will be hungry to succeed as we begin a new chapter.
“In addition to our excellent Academy, Birmingham City Women and our Regional Talent Club are also thriving.
“The Board of Directors feel that it is vitally important for everybody at the Club to be sharing the same vision and commitment to the plans and processes.”
Clotet Takes The Reigns
Monk’s assistant, former Oxford United boss Pep Clotet, has been appointed as the club’s caretaker head coach as the Blues continue their preparations for the 2019/20 Championship season.
The rest of the backroom staff that were at the club with Monk, including Sean Rush, Darryl Flahavan, Ryan Needs and James Beattie have retained their jobs.
It was reported by Birmingham Live’s Brian Dick that the relationship between Monk and club CEO Xuandong Ren had deteriorated and there was concern that the popular manager would walk away.
Monk stabilised the club when they were in a bad way and there were even whispers of a promotion push in the season just gone, but a late-season points deduction saw them eventually finish 17th, six points above the relegation zone.