Padraig Whelan

Birmingham City part ways with Garry Monk

Garry Monk has left his position as manager of Birmingham City with immediate effect, the club have confirmed.

The 40-year-old took over in March of 2018 but has left after just one full season in charge.

Pep Clotet has taken over as caretaker, while Monk’s backroom staff will also stay at St Andrew’s for the time being.

“The board of directors believe this to be in the long term interests of the club,” read a Birmingham City statement.

“We thank Garry for his efforts and we wish him the best for the future.

“Pep Clotet has been appointed caretaker head coach and the remainder of the coaching and backroom staff, including Sean Rush, Darryl Flahavan, Ryan Needs and James Beattie, stay in place.

“Pep takes charge of team affairs with immediate effect.

“The board are hopeful that over time the team can adopt a fresh and modern footballing philosophy, whilst maintaining the club’s core values.


“It is our intention to drive the club forward and challenge for promotion.”

The 40-year-old’s relationship with the club hierarchy deteriorated further last week, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Given that Monk had shown no indication that he would resign, the club made the decision to remove him from his post just days before the start of pre-season.