Garry Monk has slammed his former assistant Pep Clotet ahead of Birmingham City’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night (Wednesday).
Clotet worked under Monk at Swansea City, Leeds United and Birmingham, before succeeding the now Owls manager as Blues boss in the summer.
But the pair are no longer speaking, according to Monk, who also claimed that Birmingham sacked him ‘by text’.
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,” Monk said 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.
When asked if he was implying that Clotet had ‘twisted the knife’ in the lead up to Monk’s Birmingham City exit, the 40-year-old refused to elaborate, claiming he did not want to ‘waste any more energy’ on the matter.
Monk has already brought one member of his Birmingham backroom team, Ryan Needs, to Sheffield Wednesday and has been strongly tipped to add another one in James Beattie.
But as far as Monk is concerned, Beattie will not be arriving at Hillsborough just yet.
No, nothing at all (has moved on regarding the former Sheffield United striker),” said Monk. “I’ve brought Ryan in. As I said, I’m not fully aware – I’ve been focused on my job here – and the last I was aware he (Beattie) has been working from home for the last two months. The only ones I expect (to see of his former backroom staff), the last I was aware of, are Darryl Flahavan and Sean Rush, who we’ll probably see on Wednesday. So it’ll be good to see them.
Two points currently separate Sheffield Wednesday in ninth and Birmingham City in 15th ahead of Monk’s first meeting with Clotet as managers.