Birmingham Sack Garry Monk
In a surprise move yesterday, Birmingham have announced that they have sacked their manager Garry Monk. The club have not yet given a reason for the decision, but in their statement they have said that they hope the new manager will come in and bring a fresh and modern football philosophy to the club, something they clearly think Monk didn't have.
Rumours spread of the 40 year old's unhappiness at the club when Jota left for rivals Aston Villa, and since then there has been speculation mounting surrounding his future. Current assistant manager Pep Clotet has been named as caretaker boss and he will now take over the day to day running of the club. He is also one of the front runners to take over as full time boss, and some believe that Clotet has been getting himself ready for this position and a move into full time management instead of being an assistant.
Whatever Birmingham do moving forward, they are going to have to do something to get their fans back on side. They are not happy with this decision and a bad start next season will only add further fuel to that fire. It will be an interesting summer at the club anyway, that is for sure.
Birmingham have the basis of a decent Championship team, although it is fair to say that work is needed in some areas. That is reflected in their betting odds, which suggest they are more than capable of keeping clear of relegation but not good enough to challenge for the top six. Birmingham are priced up at 9/2 to be relegated next season, while they are 4/1 to finish inside the top six.