Monk edging closer to Birmingham exit after breakdown in relations

Date published: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:24 - Dan Butterfield

Garry Monk is on the brink of a shock summer exit from Birmingham after a breakdown in relationship with CEO Xuandong Ren, according to reports.

The former Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesborough boss took over the reigns at St Andrews in March 2018, singing a three and a half year deal. When appointed, Monk became Birmingham’s fifth permanent manager in 15 months.

Monk has been in charge for 59 games, winning just 19 of them. He lead them to a 17th place finish in the Championship last season despite a 9 point deduction for breaches of Profitability and Sustainability Regulations.

According to The Telegraph, the 40-year-old has reportedly clashed a number of times in recent months but their most recent meeting to discuss the clubs strategy for next season has created real doubts over the managers position.

Sources close to the club have claimed that Ren, known at the club as ‘Dong’, was openly discussing the potential sacking of Monk with club staff on Wednesday at the Midland’s sides training ground.

Monk was made to work in tricky conditions last season, only being able to sign players on loan and on free transfers, making his 17th placed finish look superb.

It is understood that Monk and Ren have fallen out over the clubs finances, particularly the sale of star man Jota to city rivals Aston Villa.

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From the boards side, they are disappointed with the style of football they are currently playing and the lack of home victories.

Monk’s departure after 15 months would be a huge blow to the club’s supporters after the brilliant job he did last season.

It wouldn’t be the first time that the clubs owners, Trillion Trophy Asia, have sacked a manager to the dismay of Blues fans. They sacked Gary Rowett in December 2016 despite him doing a good job at St Andrews.

The BBC claim Monk has no intention of walking out on the Championship club.

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