Ex-Leeds United hotelier opens up about his Pep Clotet and Birmingham City arrangement
Former Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has explained why his format to buy Birmingham City did not come to fruition
Massimo Cellino has revealed he wanted to employ Pep Clotet as Birmingham City switch had his attempts to buy the staff been successful.
The lapsed Leeds hotelier was , at a circumstance when Clotet was in charge having succeeded Garry Monk the previous summer.
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However, whatever ‘talks’ there were never went anywhere - Cellino claims because of the coronavirus pandemic. He was reproted to posses tested positive himself in April 2020.
Instead the duo are now working at Brescia, with Clotet the fifth skipper coach Cellino has had this season.
And talking to Giornale di Brescia he discussed his plans for .
“I didn’t earn the coach right, I chose him [Luigi Delneri] because I knew how he was,” Cellino told , via .
“I’d posses liked to own taken Clotet instead of Delneri, but the detail is that at that point I was in talks to buy Birmingham and if the operation had been successful, the coach would’ve been Clotet. It could have been a bargain, but Covid has slowed everything down.”
It is idea Cellino wants to revert to football ownership in the UK, after a rollercoaster three years in submit at Elland Road.
He has been at Brescia for the last four years but the staff were relegated last season.
Clotet took over in February and has transformed the fortunes of Brescia, receipt them from risk of a later relegation to within touching reach of the Serie B playoffs.
He has won five of his nine games in charge, including three sequential 1-0 victories, and registered only one defeat.
As for Blues, Clotet's successor Aitor Karanka has already been replaced by Lee Bowyer while frustration continues to mature about the convoluted ownership structure.