So, the news is now official, and only three months or so too late in my mind.
But at least they did it, so I can’t be too mad at the board. Birmingham City officially decided to pull the trigger earlier today and appoint Pep Clotet as the head coach of Birmingham City, finally removing the ‘caretaker’ role that had been hanging over his head ever since Garry Monk was sacked in the summer.
In their statement on BCFC.com following the announcement, the board pointed out how Clotet’s use of the academy had been particularly pleasing for them, and how getting the whole club moving together as one was vital in their decision to appoint him:
“We have a clear vision of what our footballing philosophy needs to be and Pep and his staff have begun to implement that in a short space of time. He has also brought out the best of, and trusted in, our young players. This is another important part of our strategy. The Club must be together as one, with the same togetherness and ethos through from the Academy, the Under-23s to the First Team.”
I suppose the real question is, where do we go from here? I suppose The Shawshank Redemption put it best; “If you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to come a little further.”
With this major hurdle now crossed, the board need to make sure that they fulfil their end of the bargain. They’ve shown enough faith in him based on his record with the youth, but they need to show him faith in the transfer market as well. Now whilst the Blues are still operating with last year’s Financial Fair Play punishment looming over them, they can’t afford to use that as an excuse.
If they give him the backing that he deserves, then he can finally start to take the club forward as a whole, without having to rely solely on the academy products to bail him out.
Can Pep Clotet take the Blues to the Premier League?
Then the club might finally be able to achieve their aim of being back in the top flight.