Garry Monk cannot wait for the return of Cheikh Ndoye to first-team action. The 32-year-old was involved in the World Cup 2018 with the Senegal national team. Even though Senegal failed to progress past the group stages, it still meant plenty of action in the summer forNdoye. As a result, he has been given extended time in order to complete his holidays. Ndoye was involved in the games against Poland and Japan, while he did feature in the warmup game against Croatia just before the start of the tournament.
Birmingham City manager Garry Monk is preparing for his first full campaign with the club. He was appointed towards the end of last season and he helped the club stay in the Championship. Now, Monk is looking to get the club away from the relegation battle and closer to the play-off places. The club have so far been quite muted in terms of the transfer activity, as they have only brought in Kristian Pedersen for anything involving a transfer fee. Several players have left Birmingham on a free transfer. Crucially,Ndoye’s return to first-team action will be important for Birmingham since he provides the team with a large dose of confidence.
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Second tier German outfit Union Berlin have confirmed that Birmingham City are interested in pursuing the signature of Danish defender Kristian Pedersen. The 23-year-old left-back has been linked with the Blues over the past few days and their interest in the Dane has now been confirmed, according to The Birmingham Mail.
As per the report, Pedersen is said to have a release clause of around £2.2 million written into his existing deal at the Stadion An der Alten and the Bluesare supposedly willing to trigger the sum. The full-backbegan his playing career in Denmark with Benlose IF before making the switch to hometown side Ringsted IF.
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Birmingham City manager Garry Monk has stressed that the club are still focused on the prize of avoiding relegation despite their derby defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The west Midlands outfit had set up with the plan of playing spoilsport for the champions-elect, but they were made to pay after failing to make the most of their chances.
Maxime Colin and Lukas Jutkiewicz had the opportunity to find the scoresheet for Birmingham in either half, but ultimately, the victory went to the Wolves by a 2-0 score line. Speaking after the game, Monk said: “We are fighting, I think you can see we are fighting. It was a difficult challenge today, a difficult one to overcome. Had we may be taken those two chances that we did create then it might have been different.But one thing is for sure, we are not going to take our eyes off the prize of what we are fighting for.Everyone’s committed, everyone’s fighting, these players are giving everything and we will do that in the remaining games as well.” Continue reading “Garry Monk Focused On Birmingham’s Relegation Fight”
Championship strugglers Birmingham City have appointed Garry Monk as their new manager following the dismissal of Steve Cotterill on Saturday. The former Middlesbrough manager has been handed a three-and-a-half year deal with the west Midlands outfit, and he has the task of getting the club out of the relegation zone.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “The club is delighted to announce the appointment of Garry Monk as our new manager.He will be assisted by Pep Clotet, James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan. Sean Rush joins Monk’s backroom staff as Head of Performance and Ryan Needs comes in as Head of Analysis.After talks today, Monk has signed a three-and-a-half year contract.Assistant Manager Clotet, First Team Coach Beattie and Goalkeeper Coach Flahavan have also agreed contracts until the summer of 2021.”
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Birmingham City were able to get a crucial victory over Burton Albion in the FA Cup to reach the fourth round of the competition. Sam Gallagher came up with the only goal of the game in the 56th minute to provide a victory for Birmingham at the St Andrew’s stadium. The Birmingham team were coming into the game with a recent run of good form, which appears to be essential to the club getting out of the drop zone in the next couple of weeks. However, this task is made difficult by the distraction of the FA Cup. Any disappointing result in this competition’s early rounds may have a spill on effect. Hence, manager Steve Cotterill was extremely keen on getting a win over Burton Albion, as Birmingham had been relatively treated kindly in the draw for the third round.
Cotterill will now be hoping that his team come up against a top outfit in the latter stages of the competition. After the game, the manager admitted that it was extremely important for him to retain the momentum of the squad. Hence, he decided not to make any significant changes to the starting line-up, which has performed well in recent weeks. Apart from the victory, the result also provided the third consecutive clean sheet for the team. Cotterill says that this helps Birmingham build on the recent form.
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Birmingham City defender Marc Roberts with the St Andrews faithful to ‘stick with us’ after a backlashes from fans following the 2-0 defeat to Barnsley on Saturday which sent the Blues into the bottom three of the Championship.
Roberts admitted the fans had every right to be frustrated and said the players take a collective blame for the club’s poor form so far this season.
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Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp has insisted that the Blues cannot hide behind their hamstring curse as they continue their search for the first win of the campaign.
The west Midlands club have had their attacking options depleted with the likes of Jota and Che Adams having suffered muscular injuries whilst Isaac Vassell won’t be fit to start after having recovered from his own hamstring niggle.
Despite this, Redknapp says whoever plays should provide the goals as they look to climb out of the drop zone in the early stage of the season. Preston North End are their next opponents over the weekend, and the manager knows that they have a tough task on hand with the Lilywhites, who possess the best defence in the division.
He said: “They are very strong defensively, they have done a great job and we need goals, we are short of goals so we need to find goals from somewhere on Saturday for sure. We have got great support, I think they know the importance of the win. They are not silly, they look at the players we have brought in and they know there is some quality there. But they know that three of them who are going to be massive players for the club in the future are not fit to start.” Continue reading “Harry Redknapp: Birmingham City can hide behind their hamstring curse”
Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Sebastien Bassong is training with the Blues in order to improve his overall fitness.
The Cameroon international was released from Norwich City earlier this summer after making over 120 appearances across all competitions for the club.
Redknapp is currently in the hunt for a new central defender but has cooled his interest in Aden Flint after seeing two bids rebuffed by Bristol City. Bassong has previously worked with the 70-year-old at Tottenham Hotspur, and the manager hints that he could be the answer, if he proves his fitness.
“He’s on a free, he’s a good lad and a good player who played for me at Tottenham. He was player of the year at Norwich two years ago and he’s still a very good player in my opinion,” he said. Meanwhile, the west Midlands side have significantly bolstered their full-backs positions with the signings of Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall on season-long loans from Arsenal. Continue reading “Harry Redknapp hints Birmingham City could sign Sebastien Bassong”
Championship side Birmingham City are lining up an approach for Newcastle United defender Grant Hanley, who could be sold after Newcastle United’s promotion to the top flight.
The former Blackburn Rovers graduate was largely used as backup to the first-team as the Magpies clinched promotion to the Premier League in the first coming. The 25-year-old will undoubtedly want regular playing time for next season, and the Tynesiders are open to offers for their central defender.
League rivals Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa are also monitoring the situation of Hanley, but Harry Redknapp could use his experience to his advantage in order to lure the Scotland international to St Andrew’s. The experienced head coach managed to turn the club’s fortunes in the dying stages of the campaign to keep them in the Championship last term, and he is now eyeing a tilt for promotion with the Midlands club.
Coincidentally, Redknapp was in charge of Tottenham Hotspur who downed the Blues from the Premier League back in the 2010-11 season, and they have since lingered with the relegation zone rather than fighting for the playoff positions. Hanley has been a regular mid-table player in the Championship, and he could be the perfect fit for the club, who no longer have the lanky Krystian Bielik to depend upon. The Arsenal defender played a key role in the defence during his six-month loan stint, but he now appears to be heading to Norwich City on a year-long loan deal. Continue reading “Birmingham City eyeing move for Newcastle United centre-back”