It’s fair to say with the squad Birmingham City have they have underachieved this season. I’m not saying they should have necessarily been contenders but there’s no doubt they should not be where they are.
Onto their 3rd manager of the season in Garry Monk and it is fair to say he has his work cut out to turn it around as the Blues sit 22nd in the relegation zone and the teams around them all having games in hand.
So, why should Garry Monk be any different? And how can he keep them up? Here’s three reasons why he can.
Clotet had an unsuccessful spell as Oxford United Manager this season but was a very highly respected coach in Monk’s staff at Leeds.
A lot of people were sceptical about Monk going to Middlesbrough without Clotet and their reunion could prove to be pivotal in the Blues regaining success.
New found experience
I think Monk has learnt his lesson at this level now with Middlesbrough in that spending big won’t necessarily bring success.
The former Swansea man didn’t spend at lot at all at Leeds and guided them to a seventh place finish their highest in a good few years.
After Middlesbrough, Monk has spent time away in different countries, seemingly learning more.
I believe now, given time, he can make a very good job of it at Birmingham as long as he takes what happened at Middlesbrough and learns from it.
Having a smaller squad
One of the reasons behind Monks failure at Boro was the changing of the starting XI constantly and not knowing his best team.
With a smaller squad at Birmingham he has the opportunity to evaluate his players and choose a starting XI that can see him through until the end of the season.
It is crucial for Blues now that they have a consistent run of games and a smaller squad for Monk to work with will be key to him achieving that.
Let us know your thoughts Blues fans! How happy are you with this appointment?