As per a report in the Teesside Gazette, it would seem as though both Middlesbrough and Birmingham are set for a date in court this summer.
It all stems, too, from Garry Monk’s sacking by Boro and his arrival at the Blues a few months later.
Monk was relieved of his duties December of 2017 but it would only take a couple of months before he was appointed by the Blues after they sacked Steve Cotterill.
Indeed, that is not the actual problem Boro have. Instead, they are suing Birmingham and four members of Monk’s coaching staff for what they believe is a breach of contract.
According to the report, Boro had a clause in place where the four coaches: James Beattie, Sean Rush, Ryan Needs and Darryl Flahavan, could not work together or with Monk until late December this year.
That, of course, has not happened with them at St. Andrew’s now and Boro feel it’s given the Blues insider information into the Riverside Stadium in terms of things like transfer plans whilst player poaching is also a worry for them.
It’s safe to say, then, we’ve not heard the last of this yet.
It’s normal for coaches to follow a manager to his new club but if there’s a case of a breach of contract then perhaps there is a problem.
The four all resigned to leave for Birmingham, though, and so it remains to be seen what the court decides.
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