Blues backroom staff complete

James Beattie with Pep Clotet.

James Beattie is working as Monk's First Team Coach while Darryl Flahavan is on board as Goalkeeper Coach.


Garry Monk's backroom staff is now complete.

James Beattie is working as Monk's First Team Coach while Darryl Flahavan is on board as Goalkeeper Coach.

Two of Monk's trusted support staff are now in place as well: Sean Rush (Head of Performance) and Ryan Needs (Head of Analysis).

Pep Clotet, the Assistant Manager, was alongside Monk in the dugout for his first match in charge, at St. Andrew's on Tuesday against Middlesbrough.

But due to contractual hold-ups, the other four were unable to get cracking - until now.

Academy Manager Kristjaan Speakman helped out Monk and Clotet on Tuesday and Paul Robinson, who was named in Monk's squad, also assisted in the warm-up.

But at Cardiff City on Saturday, Monk's team will be in situ altogether for the first time at a match.

James Beattie First Team Coach
Beattie previously worked with Garry Monk in similar roles at Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough.

A former striker, and ex-England international, he turned out for nine sides over a 17-year playing career.

Beattie's longest spell was spent at Southampton, where he stayed for seven seasons and made over 230 appearances, scoring 76 times.

He later turned out for Everton, Sheffield United, Stoke, Rangers and Blackpool, before finishing playing in 2014.

After hanging up his boots, Beattie managed Accrington Stanley for 16 months, before joining Monk's coaching staff at Swansea in 2015.

Darryl Flahavan Goalkeeper Coach
Southampton-born stopper Darryl Flahavan made 469 appearances during a professional playing career that spanned close to 20 years.

After starting his career with his hometown club, Flahavan went on to play for Woking and Southend before making the switch to Crystal Palace in 2008.

He later joined Leeds, Oldham, Portsmouth and Bournemouth, before hanging up his gloves with his final team Crawley in early 2016.

Flahavan's first goalkeeper coaching role came in the summer of 2016, as part of Garry Monk's backroom staff at Leeds United,

Flahavan was well-known to Monk having played alongside him at Southampton.

In June 2017, he followed Monk to Middlesbrough, before linking up with him again at Blues.

Sean Rush Head of Performance
Rush previously worked alongside Monk at both Leeds United and more recently Middlesbrough.

Prior to that, he had worked in the fitness department at Hull City and was a member of the backroom staff, as the Tigers won promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2007/08 campaign

His sporting experience also extends to rugby, where he was head conditioner Hull FC rugby league team.

Ryan Needs Head of Analysis
Needs joined Blues as Head of Analysis in March 2018, having worked in a similar role for Garry Monk at Middlesbrough.

A graduate of the University of Wales in Cardiff, he spent time coaching youth football in New York before being appointed as a performance analyst with the Swansea City Academy in 2013.

A year later he was promoted to First Team performance analyst, where he remained in that position for a further two years, before leaving to join Monk at Leeds United and then Boro.