Well that’s one way to burn bridges with your former club.
Not only that, I think he’ll have done the same with a number of the supporters as well, which given how highly they’ve spoken about him in the past, isn’t exactly the best way to keep yourself in their good books.
Sheffield United boss Garry Monk was sacked by Birmingham City in the summer, and speaking in his press conference ahead of tonight’s game, he wasn’t entirely complimentary about the man who replaced him in the dugout at St Andrew’s, Pep Clotet:
“You live and learn. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen to a lot of people in football circles who warned me about him. That’s an error of judgement from myself. I don’t speak with him. What’s most important to me when I’m assembling a staff is to give them an opportunity and show them complete trust, and that they repay that trust. Sadly not everyone has that character. Some choose to pursue their own opportunities in the worst possible way.”
Quite what Monk was referring to, we may never know until (and if) autobiographies ever come out about from either of the men involved, but one thing is for certain, it should lead to a feisty affair on the touchline tonight between the two men. And Blues fans were not willing to take those comments lying down, as they responded to Monk’s words with visceral anger towards the former boss, with one using it as a chance to throw their support behind Clotet.
Why Garry, why? A large majority of fans still held you in high esteem. I Probably not the case now. Whatever the beef between you pair or the club in general, keep it private.
As for Blues admin here – ????????
— Michael Birkett (@russianbotMB) November 26, 2019
— mick (@mickcwhill) November 26, 2019
Gary Monk such a shame he has resorted to stupid comments he has gone down in my estimation he is becoming a managerial journeyman bit of success then failure but never his fault
— bluenose (@NdelantyNeil) November 26, 2019
Classless from Monk.
I assume he believes Pep stabbed him in the back to oust him so Pep could get job.
I'd also imagine Pep's title has something to do with compensation to Monk, and so cannot call him Manager until its resolved.
Funny old game ain't it.
Only at Blues#BCFC #KRO
— Stu KRO ???????????????????????????????????????????????? (@stuartroberts18) November 26, 2019
— Blues 4 All (@blues_4_all) November 26, 2019
Brilliant…Pep's already in his head. I liked Monk tbf but lots of the football is significantly better under Pep and that's without Che Adam's up front. Take his 20+ goals out of last season's squad and Monk wouldve been screwed. KRO…IN PEP WE TRUST!
— Matthew Gee (@MatthewGee21) November 26, 2019
— wayne bache (@waynebache1968) November 26, 2019
Totally unprofessional I'm quite surprised and disappointed by this no need for it
— Phil Hyde (@PhilHyde9) November 26, 2019
Have these comments affected your view of Monk?
Perhaps Monk should have just kept his mouth shut on this occasion.