The Monk Effect: Will Blues be the Club to fulfil his potential?
We reported last month on the chances that Garry Monk had on keeping the Blues in the Championship and Tuesday night against Bolton Wanderers proved a pivotal victory in them doing so.
Since Garry Monk took realm at the Riverside this season,it was met with a fairly high satisfaction and optimism from the Middlesbrough fans. With millions spent however, and the club just outside the playoffs, Boro fans lost their patience and it was not long before he was out the door.
So, only a few months later and he found himself back in the reigns this time into the West Midlands at Birmingham City and Monk said he would “draw on Leeds experience” to be successful at St. Andrews.
At the time of taking over at Leeds, there was a real disconnect with the fans and the club and Monk without a doubt healed that and got the fans right behind the team.
This is exactly why Birmingham may be just the club for him with them being in a very similar position to that of what Leeds were.
After tasting defeat in his opening two games, Monk now has three wins on the bounce, including a momentous victory against relegation rivals, Bolton.
The win has seen Blues go five points clear of 22nd placed Barnsley, but should he do what now seems more and more likely, and keep Birmingham up, just how good can he do next season?
It has to be said, if he recruits well, with players he knows, then he can get things very right at Birmingham.
He fell short at Leeds after looking certain for the players he guided them to a seventh place finish but it is possible he has learnt from what went wrong the there and get it right with Birmingham.
5,000 Blues fans travelled up to the Macron Tuesday night which shows that the unity is already starting to build back up.
If Birmingham want to be seriously considered as contenders next season, that unity and bond that he built at Elland Road, must be switched to St. Andrews next year.
Can he do it? Of course.
The activity off the pitch however is going to have to be a lot smarter than what he did with Middlesbrough.
With Boro, he went at it like a wild bull signing everyone and anyone flashing his cheque book left, right and centre.
It just does not work like that in this division and if he has learnt from that which I am sure he has, then Blues fans should expect big things.
Another positive is that he has reunited with his old friend Pep Clotet, whom was a highly regarded figure at Thorpe Arch with Leeds and a man Andrea Radrizzani seriously considered for the job once Monk left.
Let us know your thoughts Blues fans! How confident are you of staying up? What are your realistic thoughts of next season?