Paul Robinson making retirement plans as Garry Monk seeks Birmingham blueprint

Birmingham's Paul Robinson tells Sky Sports News the club have had no consistency since Gary Rowett was sacked

Retiring Birmingham club captain Paul Robinson says the club have been playing “catch up” since Gary Rowett left.

Gianfranco Zola, Harry Redknapp and Steve Cotterill have all been and gone since Birmingham sacked Rowett in December 2016, with the club seventh in the Sky Bet Championship.

Since Rowett was sacked…

  • Dec 2016 Gianfranco Zola takes over, signs 7 players in January
  • Apr 2017 Zola resigns after 2 wins in 24 games, B’ham 20th in C’ship
  • May 2017 Interim boss Harry Redknapp saves B’ham from relegation on final day of the season
  • May 2017 Redknapp signs one-year deal to remain manager, signs 14 players in summer
  • Sep 2017 Redknapp sacked with B’ham 23rd in C’ship
  • Sep 2017 Steve Cotterill appointed manager
  • Dec 2017 B’ham issue full backing to Cotterill, with club bottom of C’ship
  • Mar 2018 B’ham sack Cotterill with club 22nd in C’ship
  • Mar 2018 B’ham appoint Garry Monk with 11 games remaining

Robinson, 38, is Birmingham’s longest-serving player despite arriving at the club on an emergency one-month contract in September 2012, but says repeated relegation battles have been “tough to take”.

“There’s been too much change, there’s been no consistency,” Robinson told Sky Sports News. “There’s been no plan for a club that’s the size of this club.

“You need a plan and I don’t think we really had one when Gary Rowett left. We’ve been catching up now.”

Redknapp was allowed to sign 14 players in the summer transfer window after saving the club from relegation on the final day of last season, only to be sacked eight games into the current campaign.

Cotterill, Redknapp’s former assistant, failed to stabilise the club’s results when he took charge – meaning Birmingham are once again left with a handful of games to save their season under new management.

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Garry Monk was appointed Birmingham’s latest manager on March 4 and has since steered the club three points clear of the relegation zone ahead of facing promotion-chasing rivals Wolves on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Football.

“The gaffer that’s there now is brilliant, he’s a young manager, he understands, he’s played the game, he’s not been long out of it and has fantastic man-management skills,” said Robinson.

“They’re helping the players believe in themselves and giving them the confidence every time they go on the football pitch.”

Robinson will retire from playing at the end of this season but has continued to train with the first team as he combines a new role as a coach with the youth sides.

He says his future at Birmingham will depend on the club’s Championship status, but he has urged the club to give Monk the time to rebuild at St Andrew’s.

“I want to coach at the highest level I can,” he said. “Nothing has been decided yet because of the position we’re in with the club.

“For me the most important thing is that the club stays up and that the manager himself can plan and take the club forward, which I think he can.”