Boss - Clarity will allow us to move on

Garry Monk.
Garry Monk.

We focus on what we had already achieved and do it again - safety.

Garry Monk.

Garry Monk says he is pleased that Blues finally know where they stand after they were docked nine points having being found guilty of breaching the EFL’s Profitability & Sustainability rules.

The penalty meant that Blues dropped five places in the league to 18th and are now just five points off the Championship drop zone.

Whilst Monk acknowledges the Club is in a 'serious' situation, he feels there is more than enough fight and quality within his squad to secure their Championship status.

“My own personal point of view, regardless of the nine-point deduction we have got, we have been facing adversity and hurdles from the very start," he said.

“Our immediate target was to achieve safety. We achieved that a couple of weeks ago, we even had bigger possibilities. Those bigger possibilities have gone now.

“So, we focus on what we had already achieved and do it again - safety. Of course, it is frustrating because we had already done that.

“I have seen a hugely positive attitude and determination to do exactly that. The good thing is we have experience of it from the previous two seasons, they know what it takes.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the players, there are still going to be ups and downs, but have we come far enough to achieve what we want to do? The answer is 'ye's.

“We are back in a serious situation, it is not going to be easy, we know that. These players have shown the commitment all season long to win games.

“All season we have been challenged and had hurdles to clear. It’s another big hurdle but the mentality of the group has been a determination to progress.”

"Clarity to move forward is the most important thing, although we'd have liked for it come at the start of the season," continued Monk.

"No fine and knowing what points deduction is and no embargo of course - it's good clarity to have.

"We're not out of the woods and we still have to have that plan going forward financially to make sure we don't find ourselves in that position again."