Birmingham City manager Garry Monk has warned fans that the club will struggle to compete with their Championship rivals in the transfer market this summer.
The Blues boss was quick to remind fans that the club will face certain restrictions in the transfer market, in terms of how much money they can afford to spend on players.
The club are not under a transfer embargo and will not be limited on how many players they can sign, unlike last summer, but Monk warned that there are still certain financial restrictions in place that the club must adhere to.
“We still have a strict financial plan to adhere to and I think it’s important that plan and that strategy which is what I’m talking now with the club about is extremely clear,” Monk said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
“And once that’s really clear, that’s when we’ll know what we can actually do moving through the transfer window. It’s important that we strengthen the team but it’s not just a bed of roses.
“It’s going to be a similar approach to the summer we just had, we don’t have those exact restrictions, but we definitely have to work under restrictions.
“It’s going to have to be about finding value. Until I get to the very bottom of that plan and that strategy, we’re playing catch up.”
Birmingham received a nine-point deduction from the EFL earlier this year, for breaching profitability and sustainability rules, seeing them fall from play-off hopefuls into a relegation battle.
The Blues finished the season 17th in the Championship table, twelve points clear of the relegation zone, after some important results in the final few matches.
It’s going to be a tricky summer for Birmingham City and Monk is right that the Blues will struggle to compete with their Championship rivals.
Monk will have to make sure that he recruits smartly in the summer, as he looks to build a team who can challenge for the play-offs next season, but there are value signings out there.
I’m sure Monk will do everything he can to make sure that every decision the club make moving forward is the right one for the football club.
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