Birmingham manager Garry Monk has boldly claimed that Leeds United share many similarities to his current club, naming the high turnover of managers and the fact that they are in “uncertain times” makes them alike.
Monk, 39, was appointed in charge at St Andrew’s in early March as their fifth manager in the last 15 months.
He quit Elland Road at the end of last season after talks with Andrea Radrizzani only to join recently-relegated Middlesbrough.
The ex-Swansea player and boss was axed by Boro just six months into his reign after failing to make a serious bid for promotion despite being one of the biggest spenders in the Championship.
Birmingham are currently 22nd in the league and face serious threat of dropping down to the third-tier for the first time since 1994.
Monk also believes that the threat of relegation that has hung over both Leeds and Birmingham in recent years is also what makes them similar.
“It’s the same thought process I had when I went to Leeds. A huge club, it’s had a difficult recent history. The last couple of years here have been about the threat of relegation. The same at Leeds. Not relegation-threatened but in the doldrums. In terms of where the club has been at – high turnover of managers, uncertain times – it is similar,” he told the Telegraph.
“Can you get that on a better path? I look at it as – how can you turn down a huge club? And this is a huge club. Yeah, there’s the risk but my experience tells me what job do you get without risk? That kind of thing has never worried me.”
Football Insider verdict
Monk should not be comparing the history of a club like Leeds to that of a club like Birmingham. Blues’ only real success came when they won the League Cup in 2011 but other than that, they hardly have anything to brag about in comparison to the Whites. As for the high turnover of managers, that can be said about a lot of clubs nowadays with it not just being Leeds and Blues to have seen their owners chop and change leadership every so often. Leeds would not have had to do that anyway if Monk did not walk away last year. If he had stayed, Radrizzani probably would not as been as ruthless with him as he was with Thomas Christiansen.
In other Leeds United news, fans have urged the club to hire this two-time Championship-winning manager in the summer.