Birmingham City manager Garry Monk is set to leave St. Andrew’s, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.
The 40-year-old has been nothing short of a revelation at the West Midlands club, steering them away from the relegation zone in the 2017/18 camapign, before transforming them into solid play-off contenders last season.
But Birmingham’s season was thrown into limbo when they were deducted nine points by the EFL for breaching profitability and sustainability rules, putting a harsh end to what looked to be a promising campaign.
Now, with their off-field position in tatters, Monk looks set to leave St. Andrew’s, as preparations for the 2019/20 season begin to get well and truly underway.
Here, we discuss this major news…
“This would be the worst possible start to the summer for Birmingham City Football Club.
“Monk has really galvanised the club and picked it up from off its knees over the last couple of years, and you could tell that every single one of his players were playing for the badge last term.
“He gets the club, he gets the fans, and it would be a massive kick in the teeth for him to leave right now.
“Where do they go from here?”
“This is a complete and utter disaster for Birmingham.
“What I can’t understand is where he might be going; he’s surely got to stay in the Championship as he’s shown such promise.
“I can see there being a serious battle against the drop if he leaves the Blues. He did a great job last season.
“If he rocks up at Hull City, which wouldn’t be completely out of the blue for me, they’d be laughing this season.”
“This hasn’t really surprised me – I genuinely thought Monk would struggle to hold his tongue this summer with sales on the horizon.
“The Jota to Aston Villa deal will surely have left a sour taste, and with hindsight, something like this should’ve been expected.
“Having said all that, it is a major blow for Birmingham and I question where they could go from here.”