Garry Monk replaces Steve Cotterill as Blues look to beat relegation
Birmingham City has secured the services of former Swansea, Leeds, and Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk, as the Midlands club hope to beat the drop with only 11 games to go.
Pep Clotet joins Monk for the third time, having previously assisted him at Leeds and Swansea. Former Southampton and Everton striker James Beattie also joins Monk's backroom staff, previously holding coaching roles at all three of Garry Monk's previous management positions.
The Royal Blues confirmed the capture of Garry Monk in a club statement, "The Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Garry Monk as our new manager." also confirming the arrival of his backroom staff "He will be assisted by Pep Clotet, James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan".
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) March 4, 2018
Even before Saturday's loss to Forest, it had been a matter of if, not when, in regards to the sacking of Steve Cotterill, with rumours of Garry Monk becoming the Blues boss surfacing earlier this week.
The Blues fans seemed to have got their wish on Saturday evening, having suffered their fifth straight league defeat, coming at the hands of Nottingham Forest, which has seen the club remain two points from safety, with relegation becoming a real prospect for the second city club.
The former Bristol City and Nottingham Forest boss had managed only six wins from 24 league games following his arrival at the club. Leading to the boss falling out of favour with the fans, as the manager received abuse from the Blues fans following their 2-0 loss to Barnsley prior to the clash with Nottingham Forest.
Birmingham sits firmly in 22nd place in the championship, as Garry Monk hopes to save the club from plummeting to the lower tiers of English football, League One.
How did Monk manage at previous clubs?
Swansea City appointed Garry Monk as an interim-player-manager in February of 2014 following the departure of Michael Laudrup, the Englishman lead his side to a 3-0 victory over derby rivals Cardiff in his first game in charge. Monk also lead the club to the last 32 of the Europa league, eventually being beaten in a 3-1 defeat from Napoli.
Swansea gave Monk the permanent managers role, after he saved his side from relegation, but was eventually sacked in December 2015 following a run of one win from 11 premier league games.
Monk managed 28 wins, 17 draws and 32 losses in total for the Welsh club, accumulating a 36.36% win total.
In 2016, Monk was appointed as the manager of Leeds United. Following an impressive start to the season, the Peacocks managed to climb to fifth place, their highest position during the Christmas period since 2010. Eight games left, and 11 points clear of 7th place, Leeds finished 7th in the league due to a dip in form, missing out on the playoffs.
Monk decided to resign at the end of the season, which was regarded as a "Shock" to the fans and their new owner Andrea Radrizzani. Monk finished his tenure at leads with a win ratio of 50.00%, winning 21 games, drawing seven and losing 14.
Having left Leeds, Monk joined newly relegated Middlesbrough in June 2017. This turned out to be his shortest stint as manager at a club, as he was relieved in late December the same year, just over 6 months after the former Swansea and Southampton defender was appointed.
Monk was sacked with his side resting 9th in the league table, with a 54.17% win ratio, as the former Boro boss won 13 matches, drawn four and lost only seven.
What do the fans think?
Opinions are mixed for Leeds fans, as some show discontent for the man who now fights relegation with Birmingham city, believing that Monk made a mistake leaving Leeds, as he could have potentially brought the Yorkshire club to the Premier League.
Garry Monk will probably succeed with Birmingham, just like he very nearly succeeded with us, and would have done this season, if Radz didn’t appoint Victor Orta. I might get some stick for this. I aren’t sorry. #LUFC
— Ben Smith (@BenSmith_7) March 4, 2018
Birmingham City supporters opinions have been relatively mixed. Some fans think that the problem lies with the owners (Trillion Trophy Asia) and that the manager won't make much of a difference.
Reckon Garry Monk, Pep Clotet and James Beattie will just save Birmingham from relegation. Type of environment they thrive in, reckon they'll work wonders #bcfc
— Ashleigh (@ashlaurenn_) March 4, 2018
Other supporters believe that the decision to hire Garry Monk and the new backroom staff is a positive move and will increase the chances of the club beating the drop. With the arrivals of Pep Clotet and James Beattie being extremely positive moves for BCFC.
— Everything BCFC (@everythingbcfc) March 4, 2018
Time will only tell what the outcome of this appointment will make, but for Blues fans, it signals change and hopefully for the fans and the football club, Garry Monk can steer the club in the opposite direction, starting with Tuesdays clash with Monks former employers Middlesbrough.
Welcome to St Andrew's @1jamesbeattie !
All the best mate, but be warned:
you are about to begin working with the most hopeless bunch of shit-outs ever to wear the shirts of #BCFC. I really do hope that you and Garry Monk are able to create a silk purse from a sow's ear.#KRO
— Mr B (@MrBlueSky1704) March 4, 2018