Just 24 hours after Steve Cotterill’s reign at Blues came to an end, the club have moved quickly to appoint the ex Leeds and Swansea man as manager.
Monk started his managerial career at Swansea. He was manager for 77 games where he won 28. The win ratio was 38% with him losing more than he won. However at his next club, Leeds Utd, his ratio was 47% with him winning 25 out of the 53 games. His last club was Boro and although he was only with them for 26 games, his win ratio was similar to Leeds. I think Blues fans would take a 47% win ratio right now!
Of course it is typical that with Monk’s last side being Boro, that they are our next opponents on Tuesday at St Andrews. New manager bounce anyone???
So starts a new era, and to be fair to the board – unlike last year where they nearly left it too late, this year they have acted quickly to change things. However in my blog this morning, I commented that we have had 5 managers since December 16. In fact my mate Nat summed it up – we have had 5 managers in 15 months. It took 15 years to cover our previous 5! As a result, regardless if we do get relegated, this guy needs to be given the chance to build his own squad. that can take 12-18 months and so a minimum of 2 years is needed.
Garry welcome to the Blues – just to warn you, things are never easy here. Although to be fair, you have had experience at Leeds – so just may be, you are ready for us!