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Clotet left Leeds following Garry Monk’s sacking at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Former Leeds United assistant Pep Clotet has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he regrets leaving Elland Road after Garry Monk was sacked by owner Andrea Radrizzani – and Whites fans want him back.
Spaniard Clotet, 41, joined Leeds alongside Monk after working with him at Swansea City, and the duo almost pushed Leeds into the top six of the Championship – falling shy of a play-off place on the last day of the season.
Following Monk’s departure, Clotet joined Oxford United as manager but was sacked in January despite guiding the club to tenth place in League One. They finished 16th at the end of the season.
He has since joined Birmingham City alongside Monk as the manager’s assistant, following Monk’s failed spell at Middlesbrough. He told the YEP that he was looking forward to another season at Leeds.
“For me it was a pity,” Clotet said. “I really wanted us to have a go the next season. I thought we had built something and put the steps in to keep going. I thought the fans were happy with what they saw and they knew we fought until the end.”
Leeds fans reacted to Clotet’s comments in their drones, with the majority desperate to see him return to Elland Road despite the Spaniard having a contract at Birmingham until the summer of 2021.
One fan simply put “wish he was back”.
Wish he was back.
— TheAngryMop (@TheAngryMop) May 17, 2018
One of the biggest mistakes our new owner made in not giving Monk and Pep a long term deal. We have regretted it ever since. They say you should build on concrete, in the end by letting them go we built on sand. This season is proof of that.
— Ayub Khan (@ayubkhan65) May 17, 2018
We all love Pep, we all love Pep…….
— Andrew Burke (@andrewMOT) May 17, 2018
There’s a vacancy coming up if you want it, no need