Some Birmingham City fans are reaching the end of their tether with James Beattie and Ryan Needs.

The pair, who were part of Garry Monk’s backroom team at Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough, have been removed from their contracted roles since their former manager left in the summer, but remain employed by the Blues.

Understandably, that has led to speculation that both Beattie and Needs could follow Monk to Sheffield Wednesday.

Asked about their situation by BBC WM Sport, the Birmingham manager Pep Clotet, who also worked alongside the new Owls boss, replied: “These are individual decisions that they make individually, if they don’t want to work for this football club and they want to work for another football club – they need to be addressed.

“In this sense I am always very loyal to clubs and I commit myself one hundred per cent with clubs until the situation changes.

“Speculation always comes up but at the end of the day it’s about how are we working the players and how we help the club go forward, that’s the only thing that we think about really. They are working for the club.”

And this is what those of a Birmingham are saying in response:

Monk reiterated recently that he could look to add to his Sheffield Wednesday staff, having arrived at Hillsborough alone, but suggested that nothing is imminent.

The 40-year-old inherited Lee Bullen (first-team coach), Nicky Weaver (goalkeeper coach) and Tony Strudwick (fitness coach) from his predecessor, Steve Bruce.

But Sheffield Wednesday have yet to replace assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, who followed Bruce to Newcastle United, and don’t currently employ a head of performance analysis, which is the role Needs occupied at Birmingham.

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