New Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk says that chairman Steve Gibson was a major factor in him taking the job. He was presented to the media today for the first time at the Riverside Stadium since his appointment in Teesside.
Gibson has been the chairman at Boro ever since 1994 and Monk felt that his passion for the football club was a real driving force in convincing him that Middlesbrough is the place to be right now. Monk resigned from his job at Leeds United following a year in charge at the end of last season.
Monk, who is now in his third management job, stated his excitement at the challenge ahead but certainly believes Middlesbrough is a place that he can really flourish,
“I wanted the right challenge, and all the boxes were ticked at Middlesbrough.
“Everyone knows the passion and desire that Steve Gibson has for this club. His determination was something that really struck me. Once I spoke to Steve it was very clear that was the right club for me.”
Having just come down from the Premier League, Monk says that it is very clear as it what the ultimate aim is,
“Promotion has to be the ambition, and that’s the kind of challenge that you want. I’ve signed for three years but I want to do it in the first year.”
Although promotion is the clear goal, Monk is under no illusions that it’ll be a difficult challenge, especially having got first hand experience of this division last season whilst at Leeds,
“Last season was one of the most competitive in the Championship in years – there’s real quality.
“But you have to trust your own ability, and hard work is the bedrock of everything we’ll achieve. I’ve worked under pressure throughout my career – that’s how I work best. After a difficult season for the club it’s my job to restore confidence.”
Monk says that the base of the squad he has inherited is solid but feels as though more additions are still required,
“We have a strong core of players who I’m looking forward to working with, and we will look to add to that group in the right areas as well.”