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Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley not sacked - Lee Clark

21 February 2014

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark insists departed backroom staff Terry McDermott and Derek Fazackerley have not been sacked and dismissed any speculation over involvement from the club's board.

The Championship club continue to make no official statement on speculation assistant manager McDermott and first-team coach Fazackerley have left St Andrew's, with legal ramifications involved.

But it is understood the pair have parted ways with City and neither will be in the dugout for Saturday's trip to Blackpool, where Clark - reported to be keen for a fresh approach - is set to be flanked by an existing backroom team of Steve Watson, Richard Beale and John Vaughan.

Speaking on Friday, Clark, unable to go into too much detail, stated at the club's pre-match press conference: "What I can strongly say is that no one has been sacked.

"There is no interference from anybody - Hong Kong or England.

"And obviously, as you know with employment issues, it has to go through legal process and that's where we're at at the moment."

Former England international McDermott, a three-time European Cup winner with Liverpool as a player, and Fazackerley, who worked alongside Kevin Keegan when he was in charge of England, were part of the backroom set-up at Newcastle during Clark's playing days in the north-east.

McDermott became Clark's number two at Huddersfield following the latter's appointment in December 2008, with Fazackerley also joining the Terriers as first-team coach before linking up with Leicester less than two years later.

Clark and McDermott were relieved of their duties by Town in February 2012.

However, Clark reunited the trio when he landed the Birmingham job in June 2012.

Speaking about McDermott and Fazackerley, Clark on Friday added: "They have been very, very loyal people to me. Very good friends. Very dedicated in their work.

"Two good men. Two long-term friends over 20 years. In Terry's case, our families are friends.

"We have got new people alongside me at the moment and you've got to understand, in terms of the legal side, I can't really divulge too much more."

Blues, 18th in the Championship, fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield last Saturday - stretching their winless home run to 11 league matches since the start of October.

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