Birmingham City are preparing to sack Pep Clotet as manager at the end of the season, Football Insider can reveal.

The Spaniard’s position is under major threat after he steered the team to 16th in the Championship prior to the season’s suspension in mid-March.

A Birmingham source has told Football Insider that the club’s owners are ready to axe Clotet, 42, this summer and have already begun the search for candidates to replace him.

Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet

 

The Blues hierarchy have discussed removing Clotet after a disappointing campaign failed to result in a sustained push for promotion.

The Midlands club are closer to the relegation places than the play-off spots, and Clotet is now expected to pay with his job.

He joined Birmingham as assistant manager to Garry Monk in March 2018 and was then appointed caretaker head coach when Monk was sacked last June.

Clotet was appointed to the role permanently last December after demonstrating “coaching expertise, man-management and leadership skills, allied to exemplary professional conduct”.

That failed to manifest in the promotion push that the Chinese owners had hoped for when dispensing last summer with Monk, who had been very popular with the fans.

 

Monk, who was appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday when Steve Bruce got the Newcastle United job, has subsequently been very critical of Clotet.

He suggested the Spaniard, who was also his number two at Leeds United and Swansea City, had twisted the knife and contributed to him losing the Birmingham job.

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