Birmingham City have been searching for a new manager ever since the departure of Garry Monk.

Monk was sacked on Tuesday after 16 months in charge at St Andrew’s with the club citing their wish to “adopt a fresh and modern footballing philosophy”.

A statement said: “It is our intention to drive the club forward and challenge for promotion.

“As part of an overall review of club operations, we will also seek to enhance our recruitment and scouting strategy.”

One name that has been doing the rounds and who currently tops the betting lists is Xavier Calm. The former Cornella manager stepped down from the club last week and is currently without a club.

It is known Blues have ties with Cornella, whereby young players are given training and loan opportunities with the Spanish outfit.

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The initiative has also facilitated pre-season trips and given the club’s development coaches exposure to Spanish methods.

Monk’s assistant Pep Clotet has been installed as head coach in a caretaker role and the remainder of the backroom staff – James Beattie, Darryl Flahavan, Sean Rush and Ryan Needs – remain in place for now.

But Calm has surged to the top of the bookmakers’ market with SkyBet offering odds of just 6/4 that he lands the job.

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However, we are now hearing reports that have said that Pep Clotet is going to be offered the full time manager job whilst Calm is set to become the Birmingham City Under 23’s manager.

This would seem to be a very strange appointment and it looks like this would upset the disgruntled Brum fans even more.


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