Cotterill’s aversion to no signings in the January transfer affected his relationship with Dong Ren and it is understood to have filtered on to the training pitch.
The players also felt it ‘made things difficult’ in the long run, according to respected journalist James Nursey.
Re: #BCFC. Told Monk's arrival & 'class' training well received by players who felt predecessor Cotterill's "bugbear" about no signings & breakdown of relationship with CEO Ren filtered down on to training ground & helped make things 'difficult'
— James Nursey (@JamesNursey) March 6, 2018
Despite Cotterill’s small turnaround in January, the Blues boss came under fire after six straight defeats in all competitions and the Forest game was the end of his reign.
This news comes after the players came out and said they were backing Monk’s predecessor. Maybe just a desperate stunt to keep the fans on his side and make the best out of a torrid situation, but the truth always washes out in the end.
Monk, however, is already impressing the fans. Whether it be is demeanor infront of the cameras, or even a simple post on social media, Garry is a fan favourite already and he’s yet to stand in the dugout.
— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk) March 5, 2018
His well-spoken interviews were also backed up by his backroom staff, with James Beattie and Pep Clotet taking to Twitter to introduce themselves to the Blues family. I think it’s fair to say the St Andrews faithful have welcomed them all with open arms…
— Pep Clotet (@pepclotet) March 5, 2018
— James Beattie (@1jamesbeattie) March 4, 2018
It’s also worth noting the new Blues boss is very much engaging with the fact it’s all about ‘us’, ‘we’ and ‘ours’, rather than Cotterill’s ‘their’ and ‘them’.
Monk’s first game is at home tonight against his former club Middlesbrough. He’ll be hoping to finish his birthday with all three points.
Look out for our preview later today!