Will Monk be given time to build at Birmingham City?


Ever since stepping into management at Swansea City, Garry Monk has shown that he has the potential to go far as a tactician. Unfortunately for the hungry and ambitious coach, up to now, he has not been afforded enough time to build a legacy at a club.

Since stepping in at Birmingham City and helping to guide the Blues away from relegation, the 39-year-old has already gained the favour of fans at St Andrew’s. The question is, in this day and age when managers come and go like buses, will Monk be given a long enough stretch in the hot seat to build something special?

With the lack of financial might at the club and the increasingly tough nature of the Championship, the chances of Birmingham City going up automatically next season are slim. More realistically, Monk will be hoping to challenge for a top-six finish and, at best, push for promotion through the playoffs. This certainly wouldn’t be out of the question and is a feat the former Swansea manager almost managed to pull off at Leeds United with limited resources at his disposal.

Monk has already made it clear that his plan at Birmingham will take time, and urges patience even if he doesn’t have the Blues battling to get in the top tier from the get-go. There is work to be done, and the new boss will seek to acquire his own players this summer to strengthen what he already has. Players like Cheikh N’Doye have been fairly solid this season, and the Senegal international will feature on the world stage in Russia this summer. His side have World Cup odds of 200/1, but playing against Japan, Poland and Colombia in the group stage will provide excellent experience for the midfielder. Adding extra cover around players like this should bring about a better standard of football. Defensive cover will also be a priority, and Doncaster Rovers’ Niall Mason could be a potential target. Up front, Barnsley’s Tom Bradshaw may represent the ideal focal point of Monk’s attack.

Leeds fans will certainly attest to the potential of their former manager. In Monk’s debut season at Elland Road he masterminded an unlikely promotion bid which almost succeeded until the Whites dropped out of the top six with a few games to spare. The supporters were desperate to hold on to Monk for another season, but it seemed there was a dispute between the manager and the incoming new owner Andrea Radrizzani. Fans suspect that it was to do with the appointment of Victor Orta as director of football.

Birmingham haven’t finished in the top half of the Championship table since the 2015-16 campaign when they ended in tenth. For the last two seasons, the West Midlands outfit have registered 19th-place finishes, so any campaign that isn’t a battle against relegation will be an improvement for the Blues.

If given time to implement his own footballing philosophy and strengthen with his own players, Monk has a chance to show his previous clubs what they let go. Instead of ditching him if there’s a poor string of results, Birmingham should stick with the Englishman. There is no denying that he is a talented young manager.

What do you think Blues fans, will the Garry Monk revolution be in full swing in years to come?


  1. the owners must stick by Monk we have the feel good factor at the moment this must continue the home form is getting better turn the away form around we will be there or there about Kro

  2. Looking at the past record of our current owners he could be sacked before the new season starts. I just hope they have learned the lesson that keeping their noses out of day to day running of the club might be their best policy.

  3. Without question, it should be a ‘no brainer’ to keep Monk in place for the long haul, however long that may take ,although, I know our owners have proved that we can’t take that for granted.
    Hopefully, they’ve learned from their costly mistakes, ok, we’ve stayed up, just, but our new promising young manager will have a seemingly tougher job to do if, as it’s been mooted, he may have an embargo to deal with. So, yes, he should DEFINITELY be given time, on that basis, even longer.
    Like the other Gary, who’s teams on the verge of the Premier, OUR Garry WILL be a success, hopefully it’ll be with us, GIVEN TIME.
    Even with the possibilities of an added hurdles, I still feel, not only do we have the right man to take us forward, but I see us being top half of the table, even play offs, NEXT season.
    I know we’ve been close ish, a few seasons back, but this time, I feel I can be optimistic for good reason, as I’ve said, mistakes have been made in the recent past, but lets hope, it’s just that THE PAST.
    Vetere and Deins meddling involvement has been ended, and it appears the owners are going to trust in G M, I VERY, VERY MUCH HOPE SO.

    K R O

  4. Cheikh N’Doye has been solid. wtf are you for real. what a thing to say. he has had some average games but he has never really gone about a 6-7 tops. he is the worst passer or the ball, he can head but to a rival player, he has the vision of stevie wonder and the pace of stephen hawking (sorry i know a bit soon)

  5. Not going to argue the merits or otherwise of Ndoye. There were players on that field for us 10 times worse than he was. I do have a positive memory of him however. In the last seconds of the Sheff United game they had a free kick, they piled all eleven into the penalty box. As the ball came in a pyramid of about 16 players formed and he rose above the mound of football flesh two and a half feet.it seemed,and headed the ball one bounce into our dugout on halfway. The annoying thing was that we never aimed a freekick or corner in his direction, always he acted as a decoy. If on or two had been slung his way maybe our one goal from a corner all season might have improved. BTW the points per game by each manager over a full season would have been as follows. Redknapp 23, Carsley 61, Cotterill 41, Monk 67.(11th place)

  6. N’doye has no vision, can’t pick a pass, heading ability poor, all in all a bad buy. We’re not a Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool or United who look for a ready-made positional replacement. Blues must look towards the lower divisions to find a gem, they are there if you look. The lad from Walsall, Madison, our own under 21’s. We took a chance on Harding it paid off we should do that with HALE. We need a replacement for Juk, to slow and doesn’t feed a player in a better position but goes it alone, he has to have 4 or 5 chances to score 1, we only see the best of him when his contract is up for renewal.

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