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The mentality of the whole Club has to change, and I think you've seen the sense of what it can be.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk's comments following his side's terrific last-day win against the Cottagers at St. Andrew's...

Garry Monk on his team's display against the Cottagers...
“I thought you saw from the performance today that we came out with the intention to try and win the game on our own terms. We didn't want to rely on anybody else. When we came in we were in a pretty bad situation and I think at that point, everybody outside would like to think whichever way you get it done, you just get it done. The be all and end all was to stay in the Championship, but the mentality we tried to put into the team and the Club, was that we wanted to finish it at a better standard. Today was the icing on the cake with the performance, the attitude and the mentality with the quality we have, and we thoroughly deserved that.”

Garry Monk asked if he thought Fulham were surprised by Blues' quality...
"Fulham are a fantastic team and for me one of the best in the league. To go 23 games unbeaten, you don't do that unless you're a good team. But like I said we had our own way to go about it and we knew we were going to have all our fans here today and they would be right behind us. And we put it all on the pitch from the first second to the last and that's what it's about."

Garry Monk on what he'd said to the players before they went out on the pitch....
"It was to understand that they've worked really hard and we've got ourselves into the position where it was in our own hands and that we need to take it. That was one of the best performances we've shown in those 11 games and what better game to do it than this one?"

Garry Monk on the feelings in the dressing room after the game...
"Relief of course that the mission was accomplished to stay in this league. But in terms of standard setting that's not an achievement. That's not what you come into football for and it's not what I'm here for and it's not what players should be here for, to be fighting relegations. But, the Club has been in that situation too often - three in the last five years. So of course, there's relief and happiness. I think everyone is appreciative of the effort that has gone in from everyone, but I said it before the game, once this game's done and we achieve what we want to achieve, it's a new era. There are a lot of big clubs in this league and just because you are a big club it doesn't give you the right to necessarily say you can avoid the situations. But it has to change. We have to change the whole mentality and the standard of everything we're doing. And I can promise everyone I'll be relentless with it. There will be people that can do it and will come with me with it and there will be people that can't, and they won't be here. It's as simple as that, because otherwise the Club will keep making the same mistakes and we'll keep being in the same positions. I think you've seen the sense of what it can be. I can promise you next season the work we'll be trying to do is to make it even stronger than what we've done at the moment."

Garry Monk asked how confident he was that he could take the Club forward...
"I wouldn't have come if I didn't think that would be the case. I had really good discussions with the owners and the senior board and the good thing is they understand the mistakes that have been made, not just from them but from people within the Club and how it is. We were very open and honest about it and they understood what I thought was needed in terms of the last 11 games but also what we need to do to go forward to make sure there is change. A team that has been fighting relegation in three out of the last five years isn't suddenly just going to turn around and be a promotion team. There needs to be the foundations put in place to make sure that the Club is never in this situation again. I think they understand what I feel we need to be put in place to make sure that that happens and there have been some great conversations. From tomorrow, when we wake up, those things are already going on slightly over the last couple of weeks. But now we'll be able to push forward with them and make sure the Club doesn't face the same situation we've faced this season and some of the other seasons as well. It's about planning and what you want it to look like and what you need for that. It's not just the players, but everything in certain departments and putting things in place so that everyone knows what's going on. The owners understand what's going on from our point of view and there's clarity in every bit of work we're going to do."

Garry Monk on his decision to bring Paul Robinson on and his future plans for the veteran defender…
"It wasn't just about him finishing his career today. He deserved to be in the squad today from a footballing perspective. He'd actually been a bit unlucky to be in it for a couple of weeks. His experience is invaluable. He's a great pro and a great person and he's been fantastic in helping me set the standard - him from a player po8int of view being in with the players. He's Birmingham through and through that's why I wanted him in the changing room. Players that have longevity, have to have certain characteristics otherwise you won't last and that's what Paul had. I've spoken to him already and there's definitely a role he can play at the Club and that's what we've been discussing and I'm sure over the coming week or so that will get clarified and sorted and he will be here at the Club. People like him who have got that sort of experience and just the sort of person he is, the Club should keep hold of that."

WATCH: Garry Monk talks exclusively to BluesTV after the final day of the season win over Fulham.

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