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Monk sacked by Birmingham

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Garry Monk standing in front of a crowd © PA

Birmingham City have sacked manager Garry Monk following a dispute over the transfer policy of the Sky Bet Championship club.

Monk was opposed to the deal which saw Jota leave St Andrew's for cross-city rivals Aston Villa, and Gary Gardner move in the opposite direction.

Sky sources understand the swap deal put strain on the relationship between the club's hierarchy and Monk, who has now been removed from his role after 16 months in charge of the Blues.

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"The Board of Directors believe this to be in the long term interests of the club," read a statement released by Birmingham.

"We thank Garry for his efforts and we wish him the best for the future.

"Pep Clotet has been appointed caretaker Head Coach and the remainder of the coaching and backroom staff - including Sean Rush, Darryl Flahavan, Ryan Needs and James Beattie - stay in place.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk (left) and assistant manager Pep Clotet on the touchline Birmingham City v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship - St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium 19-04-2019 . (Photo by  Mike Egerton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty Images Birmingham City manager Garry Monk (left) and assistant manager Pep Clotet on the touchline Birmingham City v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship - St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium 19-04-2019 . (Photo by Mike Egerton/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

"Pep takes charge of team affairs with immediate effect.

"The board of directors are hopeful that over time the team can adopt a fresh and modern footballing philosophy, whilst maintaining the club's core values.

"It is our intention to drive the club forward and challenge for promotion."

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