As we know, it’s not too uncommon that when a manager/head coach moves from one club to another, they like to bring ‘their group’ of assistants along with him
You can go back in history to find the likes of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor sticking together, whereas now there tends to be a lot more involved than that. We’ve had something similar at St Andrew’s before when Garry Monk brought most of his trusted staff that he’s had before and brought them to St Andrew’s, with some of them still here.
And with talk of Aitor Karanka becoming our next head coach heating up, I think that it’s important that he is allowed to choose his own staff when and if he comes to Birmingham City. However, there is one position that I really think needs to be kept away from the new head coach, and that’s Steve Spooner.
As I’ve been saying recently, the club need to carry on its recent policy of allowing young players to flourish in the first-team and Spooner as U23s head coach can play a big part in that. Having worked with a lot of them in recent years, he can act as the perfect bridge between the academy and the first-team, telling the new head coach which players can & can’t make it and which need to be sent out on loan for experience.
Would this be a good move for Blues?
I’d much rather he carries on his job and continue doing the excellent work he has been doing in nurturing our young talent, than have someone from the new head coach’s team come in and start all over again with them.
What about you? Do you think Spooner will have an important role to play in the club going forward?