As far as Garry Monk’s managerial career has gone, his time at Middlesbrough probably came to an end a bit prematurely for his liking.
Just weeks before taking over at the Riverside in June 2017, Monk had resigned from his post at Leeds United and it seemed that he had been headhunted by the newly-relegated club to take them back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Monk was backed heavily – Britt Assombalonga arrived for a club-record fee and both Ashley Fletcher and Darren Randolph cost significant seven-figure fees, and the Teessiders had a squad that looked destined for a promotion push.
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By December though Boro were only in mid-table, and despite a win against Sheffield Wednesday on the 23rd of that month, Monk was sacked by Steve Gibson with the club sitting in ninth position.
What’s Monk been up to since his 2017 departure from Boro though? Let’s have a look.
The former Swansea manager and player was back in a job very quickly as three months later he rocked up at another Championship club in Birmingham City, but financial issues at the club meant that his first full season at St. Andrew’s was a restricted one.
That 2018-19 campaign was his one and only full season at the Midlands side as he was sacked following the end of the season due to a breakdown of his relationship with Xuandong Ren on the Birmingham board.
Monk though again wouldn’t be out of work for long as Sheffield Wednesday came calling in September 2019 after being without a boss following Steve Bruce’s move to Newcastle United.
He had the Owls in and around the play-off places in the first half of the 2019-20 season but there was an alarming tail-off of results which saw just four wins in the last 21 matches which ultimately left the Yorkshire side in 16th position.
Wednesday were another club though that Monk came into with financial troubles and at the start of the 2020-21 campaign they were deducted 12 points which made his job even harder, and just 11 matches into the season he was sacked despite getting them off the foot of the Championship and into 23rd.
We’ve just passed the one year anniversary of Monk’s Wednesday sacking and he’s currently without a job, and it’s a surprise that he’s not being linked with currently vacant jobs in the Championship and League One.
With the experience he has at Championship level it’s hard to imagine Monk will be jobless for too long and perhaps he is waiting for the right option to come along.