Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'We Have to Fight and Crawl off the Pitch' Garry Monk on the Challenges His New Team Faces as He Prepares to Take on Former Club

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'We Have to Fight and Crawl off the Pitch' Garry Monk on the Challenges His New Team Faces as He Prepares to Take on Former Club

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Byline: DOMINIC SHAW dominic.shaw@trinitymirror.com @DOMSHAWGAZETTE

GARRY Monk says it's "destiny" that his first game in charge of Birmingham City comes against his former club Boro.

Just 73 days after being sacked by Steve Gibson, Monk will take charge of Birmingham for the first time tonight, less than 48 hours after replacing Steve Cotterill in the St Andrew's hotseat.

Monk admits that it's "not ideal" coming up against his former club just a day after he met his new squad for the very first time, but insists he's already seen enough to believe the Blues can get themselves out of trouble at the bottom of the Championship in the remaining 11 games.

Given the hire and fire nature of Birmingham's owners, Monk raised eyebrows by agreeing to take charge and becoming the club's fifth manager in 15 months, particularly given the fact they're currently languishing in the league's bottom three.

"I was a manager out of work at that moment in time and during those periods you are always looking for what might come next," he said in his unveiling, explaining why he agreed to take charge despite the recent game of managerial musical Previous boss Steve Cotterill chairs at Birmingham. "You're hoping the next opportunity really takes your eye. I felt the motivation, ambition and a connection here. We're in a difficult moment but I also looked at the potential of what this club can be and what we can do moving forward.

"You have to know what's gone on but I've always been a person who judges it on merit. I don't ring up former players and coaches and ask for their opinions. It's in my character to judge it on what I see. I wouldn't come if I didn't believe we were able to achieve something. I want to put some foundations down."

Despite the talk of putting foundations down and his desire to work on a long-term project, Monk refused to be drawn on whether there was a get-out clause in his contract should Birmingham fail in their battle to beat the drop this season. …

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