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Birmingham City next manager after Pep Clotet

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Birmingham City's caretaker head coach Pep Clotet was born in Barcelona, 1977. Unusually for a manager or coach, the Catalan Clotet has very little experience as a player - he appeared only at an amateur level for his local Spanish outfit CF Igualada before making the move into the management side of the game.

Clotet has a long and varied CV having worked in 14 different roles at 11 different clubs. He began at UE Cornella but stayed only briefly before moving to Espanyol as a youth team coach at the prestigious club. Apart from a very brief stint at UE Figueres, after which Clotet was dismissed after just nine games in charge, Clotet spent five years at Espanyol and it is a club close to the Spaniard's heart. During his time at the Catalan club, Clotet worked as coach of both the youth team and the 'B' team.

Clotet began to establish himself both as an excellent coach and a journeyman in 2010 when he moved to Swedish outfit Malmö FF - he enjoyed fantastic success at the club, they won the Swedish League the same year. However, the success was not enough to persuade Clotet to stay on as manager, he decided to make the switch to Halmstads BK where his time was considerably less illustrious. Halmstads BK finished 16th and then last in successive seasons.

His time at Halmstads BK somewhat damaged Clotet's reputation and he took a step back from management in order to focus on coaching instead. Toward this end, Clotet joined Viking FK as part of the coaching staff for 2011/12 season. Again, Clotet's time at the club was brief - after the manager he was working under, Age Hareide, was sacked, Clotet moved back to his native Spain...

His preferred destination was Malaga. Here he worked as the manager of the club's reserve team where his job was to produce players who were capable of turning out for the first team. Clotet joined Malaga in a time when they were undergoing severe financial difficulties which made his job situation unstable. After failing to gain from promotion from the fourth tier of Spanish football, Clotet left the club.

It transpired that, up until the present day, Malaga would be Clotet's last destination outside of the United Kingdom. In 2013, Clotet was made an academy consultant at Welsh club Swansea City who were then playing in the Premier League, making this arguably Clotet's most high profile job to date. As part of Dutch Barcelona legend Michael Laudrup's coaching staff, Clotet would gain many plaudits for his work in the youth setup. Clotet's hard work was recognised and he was rewarded by being promoted to an assistant managerial position where he would aid ex-Swansea player and then manager, Gary Monk. Clotet would come to form a strong working relationship with Monk, he rejected a number of job offers out of a sense of loyalty for the manager, the most high profile of which came from fellow Championship side Brentford. His loyalty to Monk would mean that Clotet followed him when he was dismissed from his managerial position.

Eventually, Monk and Clotet would be reunited at Leeds United where the former was instated as manager in June 2016. However, Clotet would, this time, briefly stay on at the club after Monk was sacked. He served under the reign of Danish manager Thomas Christiansen before leaving for pastures new.

League One Oxford United would be Clotet's preferred destination - the club appointed the Catalan as manager in July 2017, it was Clotet's first senior management position on English soil. Sadly, however, his time was resoundingly unsuccessful, he was sacked before the end of January with Oxford's league position looking very tenuous at the bottom of the table.

Again, Clotet would return to Gary Monk's side when Monk was made manager of Birmingham City in March 2018. Monk again endured a poor stint as manager and was dismissed in June 2019, leaving Clotet in charge of the club for the start of the 2019/20 season. Whether Clotet stays on a permanent basis or not remains to be seen. Much will depend on whether he has the reputation to be able to attract a high calibre of player to the club - if they can make enough quality signings for the side to be competitive in a tough division, Clotet will be in with a shot of landing the permanent managerial position.


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