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This almost comes across as ‘not my problem’ with the way he’s talking about it.

Ever since Garry Monk was appointed boss at Sheffield Wednesday, and he spoke about how he hinted at bringing in “one or two” of his former assistants, there has been talk surrounding whether or not Birmingham City’s James Beattie will be one of the men joining him after Monk said he would “have discussions” over the role.

Speaking to BBC WM (via Birmingham Live), Pep Clotet spoke about how it really isn’t his decision whether or not Beattie stays in Birmingham or heads north to Sheffield.

“These are individual decisions that they make individually, if they don’t want to work for this football club and they want to work for another football club – they need to be addressed. In this sense, I am always very loyal to clubs and I commit myself one hundred per cent with clubs until the situation changes.”

What needs to be remembered, is that just because someone was good as a player, it doesn’t automatically mean that their skills are going to be passed down through osmosis to whoever he coaching.

If that was the case, former Lyon man Juninho would make a fortune as a free-kick coach for hire.

So just because Beattie was a fine goalscorer in his day, netting 137 times, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all those traits will be passed down to the Birmingham squad, so one coach isn’t going to make all the difference, you can always get another one.

There’s no denying he helped Che Adams to bag 22 times last term but there is more to it than the coach, especially now they sit 20th in terms of goals scored in the Championship.

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At the end of the day, Clotet didn’t necessarily choose the backroom staff, he was more or less given it when Monk was sacked in the summer. This shouldn’t be a matter of whether or not Clotet wants Beattie on his staff at St Andrew’s, it’s about whether or not Beattie wants to stay.

If Beattie leaving gives him a chance to bring in a coach that he thinks would be more suitable to his style of play, then so be it. If Beattie wants to stay, then it gives him a chance to make him someone that will be able to coach in his system.

Judging by his comments though, it looks as if there are rather more important things he could be getting on with that dealing with one coach coming or going.


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Matthew Baldwin