Birmingham City appoint Garry Monk as manager after Steve Cotterill departs

first_imgBirmingham City have moved quickly to replace Steve Cotterill as manager with Garry Monk appointed on a three-and-a-half-year contract.Monk was confirmed on Sunday evening, with the Championship club – who lie in the relegation zone after five straight defeats – “delighted to have secured the services of one of the game’s brightest young managers”. The Observer Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Birmingham City Share on Facebook Read more Championship news Share via Emailcenter_img Garry Monk Share on Twitter Reuse this content Topics Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Pep Clotet joins as assistant manager, the former Southampton striker James Beattie as first-team coach and Darryl Flahavan as the new goalkeeping coach. Sean Rush also joins Monk’s backroom staff as head of performance and Ryan Needs comes in as head of analysis.Monk has been out of work since leaving Middlesbrough in December, when he was sacked four hours after presiding over the Tees-side club’s 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday, which left them ninth in the table. He has every incentive to start with a win at Birmingham. His first match is at home to Boro.Birmingham have been interested in Monk since he left Swansea in 2015 and moved quickly now to secure his services. They had also held talks with the former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, despite the 61-year-old being out of club management since 2010.Cotterill, 53, was appointed in September but his reign ended following Saturday’s 2-1 Championship defeat at Nottingham Forest. The result leaves the Blues third bottom in the table, two points from the last safe spot, and with their third manager of the season.“Steve has conducted himself professionally on behalf of the club at all times, his work ethic and honesty are a credit to him and there is a genuine sadness at this decision,” said the club in a statement. “However, the board feel that a change in management at this stage is in the best interests of the football club.” Football League: Fulham go above Derby after win, MK’s poor run goes onlast_img

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