June 8, 2020 / 11:22 AM / a month ago

Clotet to leave Birmingham at the end of current campaign

Soccer Football - FA Cup Fifth Round - Leicester City v Birmingham City - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - March 4, 2020 Birmingham City manager Pep Clotet applauds fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

(Reuters) - Birmingham City head coach Pep Clotet will step down from his role at the end of the current season, the Championship side (second-tier) said on Monday.

Spaniard Clotet was named head coach on a permanent basis in December following his six-month stint as caretaker manager at St Andrew’s Stadium.

"Clotet has decided to step down and the club has agreed to allow the 43-year-old to explore other coaching opportunities," Birmingham said in a statement here on their website.

Under Clotet, six academy products made their senior Blues debuts this season, including promising 16-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham.

Birmingham are 16th in the Championship table and had gone on a 13-game unbeaten run when the season was suspended because of the novel coronavirus pandemic which has killed more than 40,500 people in the United Kingdom.

The campaign is scheduled to restart from June 20, with games being played without spectators in attendance.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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