It has already been a very hectic summer at Birmingham City, with Garry Monk replaced as manager at St. Andrew’s.
He has been succeeded by his former assistant Pep Clotet and the Spaniard will have a big job on his hands if he is to replicate the relatively successful season Blues had last time out.
Of course, he was a part of that promising campaign, with the 42-year-old highly regarded as a coach and he appears to be making big decisions already now he is the main man.
That is after the Blues Twitter account shared an image of keeper David Stockdale training in Portugal.
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The former Brighton stopper was controversially frozen out last season under Monk, with Lee Camp the preferred option between the sticks.
Stockdale didn’t even make the bench though, with his only action coming from emergency loan spells to three different League One clubs.
However, this image from the official club channel suggests that the 33-year-old is in the new boss’ plans ahead of the season opener away to Brentford next month.
Even though the club have shared images of several different players whilst they have been away on tour, this does feel telling and indicates that Stockdale is going to fight for his place back.
It was surprising to see him treated like he was last season and there were clearly issues between the player and Monk.
But, ,the keeper has proven himself at this level over the years and if he can get close to that level again he will be the number one for Blues.
So, this is good news for the fans and Clotet deserves credit if he is going to give Stockdale a clean slate and it could benefit the team next season.
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