Ben Petty admits Chris Davies admiration and explains why Birmingham City have the perfect pair

Ben Petty didn’t need to think twice when Chris Davies offered him the assistant manager’s job at Birmingham City.

Birmingham-born Petty quit his role as Leicester City under-21s boss to link up with Davies last month and is enjoying his first pre-season coaching outside the development bubble. The pair forged a relationship at Leicester when Davies was assistant manager to Brendan Rodgers and worked closely with Petty to integrate academy players in the senior set-up.

“The great advantage of myself working with Chris over the years is we played the same way with the under-21s as the first team,” Petty told Blues TV. “I know how Chris likes to play, I’m big on the press myself and always have been as a coach. We’ve got to get the players at it and fit so we can play this high intensity football.”

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Blues’ owners Knighthead have made no secret of their desire to build a possession-based, attacking team and Davies is seen as the man to lead it. Petty is full of praise for Blues’ new boss.

He added: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Chris on the coaching pitch as well so I have a lot of admiration for the way he coaches. I am very hands on so I’m sure we’ll tag team well and get the best out of these players.”

Davies and Petty will take the team to Austria for a training camp later this week before Blues kickstart their pre-season campaign with a game against FC Paderborn 07 in Thiersee on Saturday.