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:
What a stupid situation. Just get rid.
— Jon Pearce (@jon_pearce) October 8, 2019
More evidence of nonsense behind the scenes at Blues. Fail to believe Beattie is anything but professional.
— Barbs (@barbs_paul) October 8, 2019
I’ve heard different tbh. Obviously I don’t expect anyone to take my word for it but I’ve heard he’s been a proper arsehole behind the scenes
— Paul Phillip Lum (@BluenoseJoker) October 9, 2019
Why can’t Pep resolve it as the manager of the club? This has been rumbling on since the start of the season, why hasn’t it been dealt with? Pep is obviously aware of the issue but his comments make what’s obvious even more clear in that he isn’t the decision maker at the club
— Michael Stevens (@mikestevens91) October 8, 2019
Of course he ain’t gonna make a decision on this the board and pep both might want rid. But it’s football it’s not like a normal job is it. If they sack him they have to pay him up. If Sheffield come in for him then blues get compensation. Quite simple really.
— Mark Bartram (@Bartinho19) October 9, 2019
It’s getting silly now if he doesn’t want to be here either sack him or get him to walk away I’m sure Monk would take him to Sheffield Wednesday. It’s just got beyond a joke now where no one will officially say what’s gone on and why etc.
— Jak Collier (@Jak_Collier) October 8, 2019
If they went to leave fuck them off
— Adam Bill Billingham (@Bill_Billingham) October 8, 2019
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.