Birmingham plan to sack their manager Pep Clotet at the end of the season amid big a development, according to Football Insider this week.
The Spaniard’s position with the Blues is reported to be ‘under major threat’ after finishing 16th in the Championship table prior to the season getting suspended in March.
A source from the club has told Football Insider that the club’s owners are ready to give him the 42 year old the chop have claim that they have already begun the search for his replacement.
Those at the top wanted him to guide the club to promotion, hopes of that how have long ended and the hierarchy have since discussed removing him.
Looking at the league table, Birmingham are closer to the relegation zone (8 points ahead) than they are the playoffs (14 points behind).
Pep has been with the club since he joined as assistant to Garry Monk in March 2018.
They ended the 2018/19 season in 17th, but it wasn’t helped by the 9 point deduction for failure to comply with the EFL profitability and sustainability rules.
Monk was described to have turned the team into “a side vastly superior than the sum of its parts” to keep them in the top half of the table until a run of losses in March.
The relationship between Monk and chief executive Xuandong Ren broke down and after stating he wouldn’t resign, Monk was subsequently sacked last June, something which angered supporters.
Clotet was then appointed caretaker head coach and the remainder of the backroom staff stayed with him.
He was permanently appointed last December after demonstrating “coaching expertise, man-management and leadership skills, allied to exemplary professional conduct”.
Behind the scenes, the club were set for another legal battle with the EFL over alleged breaches of financial rules.
In March 2020, the EFL appealed after Birmingham were found not guilty of a second misconduct charge in successive seasons.
It was dismissed by an independent disciplinary commission, after a lengthy process, but the EFL are preparing to contest it.
That left Birmingham “furious” with the new development and were reportedly considering their next move.
A second charge was over an alleged failure to stick to a business plan imposed by the EFL – which Birmingham denied – and a panel found in the Championship club’s favour.
After hearing that Birmingham plan to sack their manager Pep Clotet, fans gave their reaction…
This is stupid if it happens
— Mark Bartram (@Bartinho19) May 1, 2020
Leave him alone shit board
— Gary (@Gary96442932) May 2, 2020
If true he definitely deserves to be assistant
— Kai Gough (@kaigoughy) May 2, 2020
Poor Pep ?
— Sam 东出 (@SamPhillips40) May 1, 2020
The time has arrived… pic.twitter.com/UGgXs5HsR3
— Jimmiree (@acrowflies) May 2, 2020
We’ve become one of those clubs now. At least one new manager a season.
— David Keeling (@davidctkeeling) May 1, 2020
Great news of it happens. Although we need to get Ren OUT aswell because I can’t see any decent manager coming near us with him there. To much interference.
— Gary Turner (@GaryTur55088065) May 2, 2020