GARRY MONK is ready to return to frontline management after spending the last couple of months assessing what he did wrong – and right – at Middlesbrough.
The 38-year-old has been out of work since losing his job at the Riverside on December 23, when Boro chairman Steve Gibson axed him despite the away victory at Sheffield Wednesday.
Tony Pulis was appointed a few days later and Middlesbrough are still battling away to try to climb into the play-off places.
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Monk was never able to establish Middlesbrough as a genuine contender for the Championship title or one of the automatic promotion places, despite spending more than £40m in the summer.
Now, though, he is ready to get back and give management another go after being linked with jobs at Birmingham and West Brom this week; he did say “no, not at this moment in time“ when he was asked about the Baggies post.
Monk said: “Look, it’s never good to lose your job but I am ready to go back in and ready to start working. I am waiting for the right opportunity, I am ready to go and when the opportunity comes, I will take it.”
Monk has turned to the world of rugby and snooker in a bid to prepare for his next post, knowing that things could have gone better during his six months at Middlesbrough.
Speaking to Sportskeeda, Monk said: “When you first leave a club, you cry for about two weeks. When I left Middlesbrough, the first thing I did was review the process. I discuss it with my staff, sit with them and discuss everything from on the pitch to what happened off the pitch.
“What went well, what didn’t go well and we refine it. It’s about using the time to meet other people, other clubs, other sports, other businesses and develop new ideas for yourself.
“I spoke to some rugby people, I went to see how their sport worked. I became friends with some Welsh internationals like Ryan Jones who is an ex-captain. I spoke to him to get an insight into their team.
“I spoke to some snooker players, it’s a totally different sport but from a psychological point of view, I wanted to learn about concentration.
“I spoke to some tennis coaches who train individuals, that was for a physical point of view. I also spoke to business people to understand how the structure works.
“Psychology is a big thing and it’s growing even more. Nowadays players are very different compared to my time. Their mentality changes all the time.
“It’s not just football, it’s society. The rewards that are there for the players, lessen their motivation to be a professional every day.
“What motivates a player? Often I do workshops and find out why they wanted to be professional footballers. I try and trigger it.
“For some it’s their family, some do it for their grandma, their mother and some do it for money. Some do it for the lifestyle. Once you understand that, you can trigger it.”
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