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TT Battle: Birmingham vs West Brom for Garry Monk

It would be a controversial move, wouldn’t it? Garry Monk has been at Birmingham City not long over a year and already he has been linked away from the Blues. 

Having lead Birmingham to safety despite a nine-point deduction in the Championship after not being far off the play-off spots earlier in the season, it will come as not much surprise to see Monk linked elsewhere. According to the Daily Mail last month, Monk had become the leading candidate for the job.

Now, although Monk may not be the bookies favourite now, he is still in the frame as per BirminghamLive. Monk surely would remain as the Blues boss for the coming season but given the links, we have discussed what would suit him best in regards to his future…

Birmingham City

Monk is evidently building something exciting at St. Andrews. This season, at times, he was getting the best out of a lot of the players at his disposal and exciting the Birmingham faithful at the same time.

The points deduction did leave them in 18th place and just five points shy of the relegation zone, but they had not been in the best vein of form anyway prior to the deduction as they had lost the previous four games. That was a stark contrast to their form from October until the festive period.

Such a sanction could heavily effect sides that were already struggling, but not Birmingham. They may have lost the game following the deduction, but they then went unbeaten in the League until the end of the season, with Monk steering them to safety very well.

A top-half finish is a distinct possibility at Birmingham next season, and if Che Adams does stay, there is no reason why they cannot reach the play-offs. Monk certainly has the managerial capabilities to take them there.

TT Grade: B

West Brom

The thinking behind the move can be understood. Not only would West Brom be gaining a proven Championship manager, but also taking one away from their West Midlands compatriot in the process.

Although, if West Brom will be targeting automatic promotion, or at the very least the play-offs, although Monk is Championship proven, he is yet to prove himself in the upper echelons of the table so it may be wiser for the club to move for someone who is proven in that department or someone such as Bruno Labbadia which would bring a different style and philosophy all together.

Monk could do a job with this team and obviously, a higher calibre of players, but West Brom may be better looking elsewhere.

TT Grade: C

TT Verdict:

Monk will have a firm understanding of his side and the vision in terms of where they can go, so it would be a shame to see that brought to a halt when next season could be so promising.

For the manager, he is better gradually bettering this Birmingham side and going on the journey with them, which seems the best thing for his future rather than potentially moving too soon for the West Brom job.

Blues, are you confident he’d stay? Baggies, would you even want him? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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