‘External advisor’ –Spanish side’s director part of Birmingham City’s sports structure

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In October 2017, Birmingham City met with Spanish club UE Cornellà and this ‘special merger’ was made ‘to help the player with coach development’.
Cornellà are currently in the Segunda División B, in the shadow of Barcelona and Espanyol in Catalonia.

AS WEDNESDAY explained the lower division of ‘Spanish football’ is attracting attention from their country and internationally.

In the last few years, many young people have risen to prominence and made a name for themselves in other leagues. The newspaper even suggested that Cornellà has one of the best centers in Spain.
Cornellà’s ‘successful model’ is said to have captured Birmingham City’s attention a few years ago, which is why they entered into a partnership. This is done with the intention of strengthening both the club’s institutions of higher learning and is being ‘done’.
AS it means the agreement also allows the Championship side to become the ‘shareholders of Cornellà’.

They even compared it to Manchester City’s partnership with Girona [share the same owners], with Citizens allowing some of its players to join the latter on loan deals.

The report then points out that there have been ‘many deals’ with Cornellà and Birmingham in recent years and that this is due to former sports manager Andrés Manzano, who has also been part of the English side’s ‘sports advisor’ as a ‘foreign advisor’.
SINCE adding this is a sign the Spanish club model has ‘captured’ Birmingham City.

Marca also spoke about the relationship between the two groups and collected comments made by Cornellá’s technical secretary Juan Giménez.
Regarding Cornellá’s agreement with Birmingham, Giménez said: “On the pitch, it doesn’t have a big impact, but in football at the grassroots level it’s important.”

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“We ensure the transfer of players and we ensure that there are footballers who can get their chance in one of the most powerful leagues in Europe.

“Grassroots football is our motto. We have about a thousand children at the grassroots level and teams in all of the lower divisions.”


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