Birmingham City manager Garry Monk is on the verge of leaving the West Midlands club, according to reputable journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The 40-year-old arrived at St. Andrew’s in March 2018, on the back of a disappointing managerial stint at Middlesbrough, and instantly became a fans’ favourite when he guided them away from the relegation zone in the Championship.
The West Midlands club went from strength to strength under the former Swansea defender’s stewardship last season, and looked to be strong contenders to finish in the play-off spots, occupying 7th place on Boxing Day.
But Birmingham’s season was thrown into limbo when they were deducted nine points for breaching the EFL profitability and sustainability rules, putting an end to what looked to be a promising season.
With the club’s off-field position in tatters, reports have now emerged claiming that Monk is set to leave Birmingham City, just one week before the EFL fixtures are released for the 2019/20 season.
Garry Monk on the verge of leaving Birmingham City. #BCFC
— Pete O'Rourke (@SportsPeteO) June 13, 2019
Monk would leave the club having won 19 out of 59 games in charge, but the rapport he has built up with the Birmingham City fans should not be underestimated.
It would be such a huge blow for Birmingham if Monk was to leave St. Andrew’s, as he has been a perfect fit for them.
They are a hard-working, united unit under the former Leeds United boss, and you will struggle to find a manager who has such a close affinity with fans like he does.
It is shaping up to be a terrible summer for Blues, with Monk now on the verge of leaving, and star-man Che Adams looking likely to depart too.