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Gary Monk has a huge job on his hands steering Birmingham City away from the bottom three of the Championship, but it’s been revealed today he has finalised his backroom staff.

The official Birmingham City website has confirmed the appointments we knew about as well as a couple of new faces coming into the fold.

Fans already knew former Oxford boss Pep Clotet had been named as Monk’s assistant manager, whilst the new academy manager is Kristjaan Speakman.

Today, the final four pieces have been slotted into the Blues survival jigsaw.

James Beattie joins as a first team coach.

Beattie is no stranger to Monk, having worked with him at Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough. He’s been in the management game himself, having a year and a half at Accrington Stanley. Before that he enjoyed a rich playing career at Southampton and Everton, as well as winning England honours.

Darryl Flahavan is another to have close Southampton connections, he was born in the city and played alongside Monk on the South Coast.

He joins as goalkeeping coach having amassed 469 appearances during a career that took him from Southampton to Leeds, Crystal Palace, Portsmouth and Bournemouth amongst others.

Head of analysis is yet another face familiar to Monk, Ryan Needs. He links up with the manager for a fourth time having worked in a similar role for Monk at Middlesbrough, Leeds and Swansea.

Finally, Sean Rush is the fourth and final staff member well-known to Monk having worked with him at both Leeds and Middlesbrough. He made his name at Hull City as a member of the backroom team that helped push them to promotion in 2008.

The Verdict

Monk has been swift ringing around his old comrades getting the band back together as he prepares for a relegation fight over the next couple of months.

There’s plenty of experience amongst his support team now and they’re all people he knows well.

I wouldn’t bet against him steering them away from the bottom three, after that who knows what he might achieve?

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