Garry Monk confident safety can be achieved, again

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk

Today was the first press conference since the nine-point deduction and Blues boss Garry Monk looked unfazed and ready for the challenge of gaining safety once more.

The penalty saw Blues drop from 13th in the Sky Bet Championship to 18th, five points above the relegation zone.

Here’s what Garry Monk had to say to the press:

“We are back in a serious situation, it is not going to be easy,” the former Swansea and Leeds manager said at his pre-match press conference, reported via the club’s Twitter account.

“But we are confident that we can show our fighting spirit and along with my staff and the fans we will jump this hurdle.

“Our group is mentally strong and has always been determined to progress.

“When I came here in March our target was to achieve avoiding relegation and we achieved it, then it was about progression, to achieve safety in a quicker time this year.

“We had already done that, we had already achieved safety and were looking up the table before the penalty, but we’ve got to do it again now and I am more than confident that we will do that.”

Blues lost £37.5million in the 12 months to the end of June 2018, more than double the previous year’s deficit.

Monk says the club now know exactly what they need to do going forward to avoid a repeat of the situation:

“I didn’t speculate about anything, my job is to deal with what’s in front of me, and to focus on the football and to be determined to do my best for this club,” he added.

“Clarity is the most important thing, it is really important to have had that clarity in order to move forward.

“We are not out of the woods, we have to abide by a certain plan going forward so that we do not get into the same position in the future.

“Now that the clarity has come we know what we have to do and we can move forward.”


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