There will unquestionably be interest in the Blues manager this summer, as he has done an excellent job in charge of this young and hungry Birmingham City squad. The Blues were happy to appoint Monk despite disappointing seasons with Leeds United and Middlesbrough. The fans love the 40-year-old, and there is a feeling that it is mutual. But, what factors would go in the Blues favour should he have a decision to make this summer?
The age of the Birmingham squad is ideal for Monk to work with. Che Adams and Lukas Jutkiewicz have formed a brilliant partnership and has been one of the bright sparks of the season. The duo still have age on their side, and with the attacking options already established, it can enable Monk to fit in the places around them.
The squad is already competitive and that has been shown with the wins that the club have got this season against Leeds United and Stoke. If he can keep hold of the squad, and then add players in the positions that he feels the Blues are currently weak; then there is no reason as to why he should move on. The club has already embraced the hallmarks of brilliant Monk sides during his time at Swansea, and the thought of completing the job at St Andrew’s may be a factor that keeps him at the helm.
He has the best of both worlds already at St Andrew’s, as the fans and players adore him and get behind the team. The board have already acknowledged that and admitted that he would be given whatever he likes- within reason. Of course, it’s likely that the Blues will once again be shopping in loan markets and within the free agents; however, there is still talent there, and Monk will feel confident that he can find it.
The other most significant question that remains over the club as the summer approaches is the future of Che Adams. The future of Monk could play a massive role in the decision of the 22-year-old. Should Monk stay then it would be likely that Adams would be more inclined to follow suit; due to believing that the club could be about to onto bigger and better things. Something that would be even more achievable with Adams in the squad.
The kinds of clubs that are looking at Monk don’t have the best reputation. West Bromwich Albion is one of the club’s keen in Monk following being rejected by Slavisa Jokanovic. How the club treated Darren Moore was nothing short of shambolic. Moore has safely guided the club into the playoff positions, before being fired as they lay five points behind Leeds in third. Monk could also be subject to this treatment if he were to leave, and the fans would be quick to turn on him at the Hawthorns if he doesn’t start well.
Everybody loves him at St Andrew’s, and the club has a better chance of achieving something if he is on board.