Some Birmingham City fans are convinced that comments made by their former manager Garry Monk last month prompted Wednesday’s Pep Clotet announcement.

Monk employed Clotet as his number two at Swansea City, Leeds United and Birmingham, but was succeeded by the Spaniard at Blues.

Clotet was initially working under the title of ‘caretaker head coach’, something which came to light again when Monk discussed the pair’s now fractured relationship ahead of Birmingham’s visit to the 40-year-old’s new club, Sheffield Wednesday.

In terms of the, I don’t know what it is… is it interim, caretaker, head coach? I’m not sure what his title is but I don’t speak, I don’t speak with him,” said Monk, via the official Sheffield Wednesday Facebook page. “I think what’s most important to me is when I’m assembling a staff around me to work with me, the key for me is to give them opportunity. Show them that complete trust. And you hope that they repay that trust with hard work and loyalty. Sadly, not everyone has those values in their character. Some choose to pursue their own opportunities in the worst possible way. But I think the most important thing for me is that you live and you learn. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t listen to a lot of people in football circles who warned me about the type of character he is. But, yeah, that’s an error in judgement from myself. It’s a mistake that I won’t be making again in the future.

Birmingham City returned from Hillsborough with a somewhat fortunate point and could only draw 1-1 at home to Millwall in their subsequent fixture, extending their winless run to five matches.

Nevertheless, the Blues have confirmed that Clotet is now their permanent head coach – much to the confusion of some of their fans on Twitter…

Birmingham City’s announcement contained no mention of James Beattie, their first-team coach Monk claimed has spent the past two months ‘working from home’.

Monk has been credited with an interest with Beattie, his former Southampton teammate and colleague at Swansea, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Birmingham.

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