It really does seem like all these reports could go away with one simple thing.
It’s something I’ve been talking about for some time now, but the idea of doing it really becomes prominent when you have reports like these ones flying around.
According to reports over the weekend, Birmingham City were set to sack Blues boss Pep Clotet and replace him with Coventry City’s Mark Robins. Although it should be noted that these reports have since been shot down, first by Robins himself, and then by noted Blues journalist Brian Dick during his Q&A for Birmingham Live yesterday, as he called the reports “really strange”, especially given what he’s been told from people within St Andrew’s:
“First, the noises I get from the club is that they were very impressed with how he dealt with the whole Garry Monk situation last week. Secondly, the talk I’ve been hearing suggests he could be about to have the caretaker tag removed – quite the opposite of being sacked. Thirdly, there seems to be a degree of satisfaction from those at the top of the club with the way he has got the team playing and has included young players – that is after all two thirds of his brief.”
So by the sound of it, there looks to be progress when it comes to Clotet’s job title, and not a moment too soon if you ask me. In fact, now would be the perfect time to do it because it would essentially send a message out to the wider footballing universe that these reports are rubbish.
What better way to show your head coach that you have faith in him going forward, particularly if they are so pleased with the way he has managed to deal with things off the pitch as well as on them. And not just a change in title, but while they’re at it, if they do have faith in him going forward, perhaps a contract extension wouldn’t go amiss either.
Should Pep Clotet be appointed 'head coach' rather than just 'caretaker'?
Are we coming to the end of Clotet’s reign as ‘caretaker’ head coach? Can the club finally now start thinking about taking a step forward.