Garry Monk: "All the boxes were ticked at Middlesbrough"

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Garry Monk: "All the boxes were ticked at Middlesbrough"

"Last season was one of the most competitive in the Championship in years - there's real quality".

Monk insists that the prospect of leading Boro back up to the Premier League at the first attempt is the right challenge for him.

"This club ticks all the right boxes for me".

Monk said: "Ben is one of a number of players here who are integral to the squad, integral to making that step back".

He left the club following a takeover by Italian Andrea Radrizzani, and claims the new ownership model and structure of the club is the reason why he made a decision to depart. The 44-year-old's work has not gone unnoticed and his name has been linked to the Leeds job since Monk's departure at the end of the last campaign. There's no getting away from that. I'm ambitious, I want to be working and I want to find the right challenge. After a hard season it's my job to restore confidence.

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He replaces Marco Silva, who left to take over at Watford after Hull's relegation from the Premier League.

"When you speak to him, the passion he has, the desire he has, for this club - the determination - was something that really struck me".

The former Manchester United defender nearly got the Berkshire side promoted to the Premier League last season only for them to lose on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the play-off final at Wembley.

"It's important that we keep our best players, and the club are in agreement with that".

Discussions regarding the make-up of Monk's backroom staff are being held with further announcements expected in due course, with United first-team coach James Beattie tipped to join up officially with Boro shortly.

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