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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