Chris Davies reveals Ashley Cole plan and why Ben Petty is 'an asset' to Birmingham City

Ashley Cole and Maik Taylor are set to stay at Birmingham City, new manager Chris Davies has told BirminghamLive.

Former England and Chelsea left-back Cole will retain his place on Davies’ coaching staff having first joined Blues back in October as part of Wayne Rooney’s team. Now that Pete Shuttleworth has reunited with Rooney at Plymouth Argyle, Cole is the sole survivor of that Autumn shake-up.

St Andrew’s favourite Taylor retains his role as goalkeeping coach and will have a new pair of glovesmen to work with next season. Ryan Allsop has joined Blues from Hull City and it looks increasingly unlikely that John Ruddy will stick around.

“The plan at the moment is for Ash and Maik to stay,” Davies confirmed. “We’ll see in due course if that needs to be supplemented with any other positions.

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“What’s important to me is that we’re a tight knit group of staff, very collaborative in how we work, and everyone feels a part of it and can add value. I’ve heard great things about both of those characters so I will be meeting them and going through the plan with them.”

Davies has appointed his own assistant manager in the form of Ben Petty. Petty, 47, has earned plaudits for his work in development football, most recently leading Leicester City’s under-21s, and returns to the city of his birth.

“Ben was someone I worked with really closely at Leicester,” Davies added. “I was there for four years and I worked with Ben on a daily basis around the development of players and the link between the academy and the first team, and I saw first hand Ben’s reliability, his communication skills, and obviously his coaching skills. A lot of the players were really aligned to how we played in the first team.

“When you work with someone day-to-day you get a feel for their reliability and what type of character they are and I always had it in my head that if I ever got a chance to bring an assistant with me to a job, Ben would be right up there as a great option. Thankfully we got that done and he will be a great asset to the club. He obviously knows the city well as well, which is a bonus.”

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