Garry Monk targets Premier League after becoming Middlesbrough manager

Monk delighted to take charge at Boro and confident of a strong season

Garry Monk targets Premier League after becoming Middlesbrough manager

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June 13th, 2017

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Garry Monk was offered the opportunity to remain as manager of Leeds United this summer, although the Englishman turned it down and he’s now joined Middlesbrough instead.

Boro were relegated from the Premier League last season and the Teeside club are focusing hard on returning to the top flight, with owner Steve Gibson already making bullish comments about getting back to the big time.

It’s a view echoed by Monk who has managed in the Premier League with Swansea City and feels as though the club is set up to become a top flight entity.

“This club is equipped, it is ready and the ambition from all of us is to get back at the first time of asking,” Monk said at his formal unveiling on Monday. “Promotion has to be the ambition. It’s a competitive and difficult league but this club is equipped and we’re all determined to do it. That is the ambition, the objective. There is no getting away from that. That is the challenge, I would like to make it at the first attempt, but in this league it is very difficult for the teams that come down to make it back.

“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. I’ve worked under pressure throughout my career. That’s how I work best. After a difficult season it’s my job to restore confidence.

“I wanted to find a club that aligned with my ambition and Middlesbrough is definitely that club,” the 38-year-old said. “My focus is doing my very best here. I had left Leeds and went away on a family holiday. Then you try to assess what your options are but as soon as I spoke to Middlesbrough I knew that was the job I wanted to take.

“Everyone knows the passion and desire Steve Gibson [the owner] has for this club. Once I spoke to him it was clear this was the right opportunity. This club has strong foundations and there’s everything in place to do well. I wanted the right challenge and all the boxes were ticked at Middlesbrough.”

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