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Garry Monk excited for Birmingham City "challenge"

Monk excited for Birmingham City
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Birmingham City manager Garry Monk reveals that he is excited to begin working with the club after being appointed as the Blues' new manager.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk has revealed that he is excited to begin working with the club after being appointed as the Blues' new manager.

Monk, who was installed at St Andrews following the departure of Steve Cotterill, faces former club Middlesbrough in his first game in charge on Tuesday evening.

The 39-year-old told reporters at a press conference that he has the ambition to make a success of the "big challenge" awaiting him.

"The opportunity to come to an historic and big club like Birmingham is always an appeal and of course there's the challenge of those type of clubs," Monk said. "I have always been one with that ambition to take big challenges on.

"I was the same way in my playing career as in my managerial career and that is what I like to do.It moved very quickly through the discussions but understanding what Birmingham is and what a huge club it is, the fanbase it has, players that are here - all those ingredients suited the challenge I was looking for and that is the reason why I am here today.

"Yes, we're in a difficult moment but there's also lots of potential going forward at this club. I'm the type of person to take challenges on and this is one I'm really looking forward to. I'd like to thank Mr Zhao and Dong for giving me the opportunity."

Birmingham sit 22nd in the Championship table, two points adrift of safety.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Middlesbrough13742167925
2Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd138142215725
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1373331181324
4Leeds UnitedLeeds1365223111223
5Derby CountyDerby136341714321
6Norwich CityNorwich136341716121
7Blackburn RoversBlackburn135621616021
8Wigan AthleticWigan136251516-120
9Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest134721815319
10Bristol City135441714319
11Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds135442020019
12Brentford134632015518
13Aston Villa134632120118
14Birmingham CityBirmingham133821412217
15Swansea CitySwansea134541210217
16Queens Park RangersQPR135261119-817
17Stoke CityStoke134451719-216
18Bolton WanderersBolton134451116-516
19Reading133371821-312
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham133371020-1012
21Preston North EndPreston132471925-610
22Millwall132471422-810
23Hull City132381120-99
24Ipswich TownIpswich131661120-99

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