GARRY MONK was appointed Boro manager on June 9 2017.
Bedford-born Garry began his career in Devon, as a trainee with Torquay United. He completed his apprenticeship at Southampton and made his Premier League debut in November 1998 against Derby County.
Released by Southampton in February 2004, Garry joined Barnsley before making the move to Swansea City later that year. He would go on to make 267 appearances for the Swans, winning three promotions as well as the club’s first major trophy in English football – the League Cup in 2013.
Garry stepped down as club captain at Swansea in the summer 2013, but his playing career continued, and in February 2014 he was appointed interim player manager, following the departure of Michael Laudrup.
In his first full season as permanent manager, Swansea finished eighth in the Premier League and racked up a record points tally.
Garry left Swansea later that year, but returned to management at Leeds United in the summer of 2016 when he guided the team to a seventh placed finish in the Championship – their highest league placing since 2011.
Garry opted not to extend his stay at Elland Road beyond one season and was appointed Boro manager as the club bid to return to the Premier League.
“I wanted the right challenge, and all the boxes were ticked at Middlesbrough,” Monk said in his first press conference.
“Everyone knows the passion and desire that Steve Gibson has for this club. His determination was something that really struck me. Once I spoke to Steve it was very clear this was the right club for me.
“It’s good to be working with that clarity throughout the club. The structure, the ambition, the squad we have here. It is a fantastic club and I’m excited for it.”