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Saturday 22 September 2018

Garry Monk sacked by Middlesbrough

Garry Monk set to return to the dug-out with Birmingham. Photo: Simon Galloway/PA Wire
Garry Monk set to return to the dug-out with Birmingham. Photo: Simon Galloway/PA Wire

Garry Monk parted company with Middlesbrough just hours after hailing his side's "best away performance of the season" after a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Jonny Howson and Ryan Shotton overturned Ross Wallace's first-half goal to earn a victory that looked to have eased the pressure on Monk, who had overseen four defeats from their previous six games.

Indeed, it looked like Wednesday counterpart Carlos Carvalhal was in more danger as home fans chanted for the Portuguese to be sacked, with Owls now on a seven-game winless run.

Monk, in contrast, was looking to the future and said in his post-match press conference: "That was our best away performance of the season and I thought it was a thoroughly deserved win. I thought we were excellent today.

"We answered a few questions that were thrown at us today and there are a few more to be answered.

"We have to build on this and use it as a springboard. There are more things to work on and improve.

"We've shown that we can go on runs and that is the next challenge.

"I don't doubt these players. The effort and commitment is always there. I am so pleased for the players and of course our fans. It is expensive to travel, especially at Christmas time, so I'm pleased to send them home happy."

However, just hours later he was no longer in a job with Boro announcing: "Middlesbrough Football Club have parted company with manager Garry Monk.

"The club would like to thank Garry for all his hard work and dedication, and wish him all the best for the future."

Carvalhal, who remains a man under the cosh, cited injuries as a defence but seven games without a loss has the fans turning.

"We played against a strong team and I thought we started very well, but they were better than us today," the Wednesday manager said.

"We were defending very well and when we scored the goal, the team calmed down a little.

"We lost some intensity and they started putting more direct balls in and started causing problems for us.

"We tried to block them in the middle and then they scored their first goal.

"I am not happy. I still believe we can achieve the play-offs but we need to be stronger and be more of a threat to opponents.

"I think the circumstances are very difficult at the moment with nine players out injured.

"I have done my best since coming to Sheffield Wednesday and I will continue to work hard and do my best to try and win games."

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