Birmingham announce Clotet departure

08 June 2020 20:56:32 GMTPlus10

Birmingham City have announced that manager Pep Clotet will leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

The 43-year-old has been allowed to depart St Andrew's in a bid to "explore other coaching opportunities."

Clotet coached in his native Spain and spent time in Scandinavia before arriving at Swansea in 2013, working as assistant manager to Garry Monk.

It's a decision that is filled with sadness for us both.

Dong Ren

He followed Monk to Leeds before taking charge as manager of Oxford United in July 2017.

The Spaniard lasted just six months at the Kassam Stadium before he was sacked in January 2018, reuniting with Monk at Birmingham later that year.

Clotet, who took charge as caretaker manager when Monk was sacked in June 2019, was appointed the job on a permanent basis in December.

Known for his attacking, possession-based style of play, he has led the Blues to 16th in the Championship with nine games of the season still to play but will now depart the club in the summer.

Speaking to Birmingham's official website, Blues CEO Dong Ren expressed disappointment at Clotet's departure.

"It's a decision that is filled with sadness for us both," he said. "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."

Clotet, meanwhile, admits he agonised over the decision: "It's been a really difficult decision to take because it's a privilege to be part of the Blues family," he said.

"But it's the best step for everyone and it allows the club to continue to move forward with their vision and strategy."

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