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Garry Monk - Our biggest success has been reconnecting with the supporters

I’ve said it all along. If you get that positive environment, you can actually move forward and look ahead and look forward to what’s coming rather than looking over your shoulder.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk says the thing is he is most proud of this season is the way that the Club and supporters have come together as one unit.

And the Blues boss believes that will act as a springboard for continued improvement moving forwards.

From the moment that Monk took over as First Team Manager at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium just over a year ago, he stated his intent to look to build bridges between the team, the Club and the fan base.

Despite the off the field difficulties associated with Financial Fair Play restrictions and the nine-point deduction; this season has seen the players step up to the mark both on the pitch and out in the community, and supporters are once again turning out in their numbers for games with smiles on their faces.

"I think our biggest success this this season has been the reconnection between the Club and fans," said Monk.

"I’ve said it from day one since I came here that you need a club that’s on the same page, with everyone pulling in the right direction.

"Understandably, when clubs go through hard times there are divides from the fans to the players, to the club and all that side of it.

"And also, within changing rooms there can be divides and negativity and that just drags you down and down and you can’t achieve anything in that environment.

"I think the biggest challenge has been getting that environment right here between the players and the staff and within the Club, but also the environment between everyone within and our fans and bringing that relationship back.

"I think there has been a lot of work on and off the pitch that has gone with that. Everyone has embraced it.

"Of course, results and performances go a long way to helping that. But I think the foundations of that are the commitment and desire and mentality of what the fans are visually seeing on and off the pitch and obviously the community work that has been done.

"There is huge amount of people that have put effort into that.

"I’ve said it all along. If you get that positive environment, you can actually move forward and look ahead and look forward to what’s coming rather than looking over your shoulder.

"I think that’s probably been the biggest success out of everything this season."

The 2018/19 campaign was the former Middlesbrough, Leeds and Swansea boss' fifth year in football management and despite the trials and tribulations of this season, he has reveled in being Blues boss.

"I have really enjoyed it, I said it from the start. I had a good feeling since I came here," he continued.

"I managed to hit the ground running with the players and their buy-in to what you are saying and their mentality.

"The best way to describe it in a shortened version is probably trust.

"Everyone has to trust each other, you have to trust the players, they have to trust you, you have to trust your staff, they have to trust you, you have to trust that the fans are going to bring what they can bring and they have to trust you.

"Trust was probably the biggest thing that was missing in all those relationships. I think the element of trust has become a lot stronger and we all trust each other to get through certain things and come out fighting.

"That’s down to everyone, not just one person.

"The biggest point is you can see what you can do, it’s in front of you, you can feel it, not quite touch it but feel that essence of what we spoke about at the start, you have a chance of being successful and moving forward."

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