The 22 staff who prepare Birmingham City for every match
Birmingham City’s players and coaches alike have spoken about the thoroughness of the team’s preparation under Pep Clotet.
However, as at any professional football club, the head coach, or in this case caretaker head coach, is usually only the front-man, the face of a team of people beavering away behind the scenes.
Over the years Blues have put together an experienced back-room team, from first team coach, to analysts, to medical staff to kit men, all designed to ensure the team’s best performance on matchday.
Here’s a glimpse behind the curtain of Blues’ playing operation.
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Pep Clotet – Caretaker head coach
Garry Monk’s long term No. 2 has been give the opportunity to relaunch his own management career.
Clotet has worked with Monk at Swansea and Leeds before going his own way at Oxford United. He has also coached in Spain and Sweden.
He has been made caretaker head coach at a time when the club are trying to gain a free hand in the transfer market and overhaul their playing style.
Paco Herrera – Assistant head coach
Brought in over the summer as Clotet’s ally – and a vastly experienced ally at that.
A player with Sporting Gijon and a coach with a host of Spanish clubs, he has been chief analyst and director of football at Espanyol.
Has also worked at Las Palmas and Aris Thessaloniki.
James Beattie – First team coach
A key figure when Garry Monk was at the club and credited with helping Che Adams develop into a Premier League player.
He has been redeployed since Clotet took charge – and has scouted Blues’ opponents – with Monk suggesting he could enlist the 41-year-old’s help at Sheffield Wednesday. Subject to Blues’ agreement, of course.
Craig Gardner – Player coach
Two stints as a player with Blues but currently not involved with a surfeit of options in central midfield.
He has though been in his tracksuit in the Blues’ dugout and runs drills on match days and during the week as he looks to embark on the next phase of his career.
Xavi Calm – Under 23s head coach/first team coach
Brought in to replace Richard Beale after a couple of years with the UE Cornella first team.
Involved with Blues’ first team on match-days.
Darryl Flahavan – Goalkeeper coach
Currently working with the club’s ‘keepers Lee Camp, David Stockdale and Connal Trueman – and another who came to Blues with Monk, via Middlesbrough.
His coaching career started at Leeds, under Monk, but as a player he represented Woking and Southend before spending time at Crystal Palace, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Crawley, eventually hanging up his gloves in 2016.
Sean Rush – Head of Performance
Worked under Monk at Leeds and Boro but before that was with Hull when they won promotion in 2008.
The 50-year-old has also been conditioner at Rugby League team Hull FC and is responsible for the players’ fitness.
Dr Kai Win – Club Doctor
A consultant Sports and Exercise physician who has been involved with the first team for the last couple of seasons.
Formerly a consultant in Sports and Exercise Medicine in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent NHS trust and has also worked in various Olympics sports including athletics, hockey, netball and Armed Forces’ multidisciplinary clinics.
Her current roles include Chief Medical Officer to Birmingham City and Performance doctor in the England Football Association.
Aman Shergill – Sports Scientist
Works with the first team to provide date to enhance performance and prevent injury. Has been at the club since 2016.
Elliott Woolmer – Physical Conditioning Coach
Has been at Blues for over six years, working as a sports scientist and for the last year as a first team conditioning coach. Has also worked with Warwickshire County Cricket Club and is a qualified referee.
Dave Singleton – First Team Physiotherapist
An experienced physio who has been at Charlton and West Ham and at Blues for several years. Attended Manchester University and has practice in Gloucester specialising in musculoskeletal injuries.
Pete Shaw – Head Physiotherapist
Has worked with Bolton and Norwich and came to Blues during Alex McLeish’s tenure in July 2008 – promoted to head physio in 2011.
Shaw was a key member of the backroom team as Blues won promotion back to the top flight at the end of the 2008/09 Championship campaign.
He was also the matchday physio when Blues lifted the Carling Cup against Arsenal at Wembley in 2011 as well as the subsequent foray into Europe in the Europa League campaign.
Dave Hunt – First Team Physiotherapist
Joined in 2008 as Head of Academy Sports Science but joined the first team in January 2010.
He has degrees from Loughborough and Birmingham and was part of the staff which holds the Premier League record for ‘most consecutive unchanged starting 11’.
Paul Doherty – Masseur
Has been at Blues for many years and was part of the medical praised by Chris Hughton for the care given to Pablo Ibanez when he was knocked out against Club Brugge.
Pete Shuttleworth – First Team Analyst
Has been a scout with Blues now an analyst with the first team. Describes himself as an Evertonian and an ex-GB triathlete.
Simon Houston – First Team Analyst
Started out as a lifeguard before going to Solihull College and then on to Loughborough University to complete his degree.
He’s been at Blues for six years and has worked with the academy, development team and now the first team.
Daniel Millard – First Team Analyst
Part of the analysis team and has been at Blues since July 2015.
Ryan Needs – Head of Analysis
Another who came with Monk from Middlesbrough in March 2018.
Spent time playing and qualifying in the USA before working for Swansea and gaining an MSc in Performance Analysis. Also has a UEFA A licence. Another linked with a Monk reunion at Hillsborough.
Jon Pearce – Head Kit Man
A former baggage handler at British Airways. Much loved by the Blues players, despite being a West Ham fan.
Joined the club in September 2013 and has been helping all age groups at the club ever since.
Chris Shute – First Team Assistant Kit & Equipment Manager
Former coach driver and now working for the club he supports, alongside Jon Pearce.
Can be found pounding the roads and motorways of the UK and sometimes Europe.
Harvey Bussell – Head of Scouting
Has been at Blues since 2014, prior to that he was head football coach at Derby University and involved in the scouting at Burton Albion.
He has held several roles in the club’s scouting set-up and in April 2018 became head of scouting.
Also was an apprentice at Cambridge United in the early 90s.
Gethin Rees – Recruitment Analyst
Has worked with Bussell at Blues since 2018. Has spent time as a lecturer in the education sector and also six years as a performance analyst at Swansea City.