Blues boss takes Stock of goal­keeper sit­u­a­tion

Birmingham Post - - SPORT - Foot­ball Writer

GARRY Monk has spo­ken for the first time about the spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing David Stock­dale’s fu­ture.

The Blues goal­keeper has been linked with a move to Leeds for most of the sum­mer.

In­deed, a domino-like sit­u­a­tion has ex­isted with a whole se­ries of clubs wait­ing to see which moves first – and for whom – be­fore the pieces start to fall into place.

Leeds are un­der­stood to pre­fer a loan deal at this stage, while Blues are ex­pected to want a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion. But Monk has of­fered the first on­the-record in­sight.

“When I came in here there was a huge amount of play­ers con­tracted to the club, from a first-team per­spec­tive,” he said. “That’s No. 1, I have to re­ally cut that down, that’s very ex­ces­sive

“The sec­ond part of that is you have to as­sess the com­ings and go­ings. You have to as­sess which ones I feel I want to give the op­por­tu­nity to go for­ward with and which ones not.

“Ev­ery­one that is in­volved in all of that process is very clear, they have been told – that’s my job, to make those de­ci­sions and do it with con­vic­tion.

“All the play­ers I don’t see in terms of go­ing for­ward have been told, David is one of them. It’s for him to find the right so­lu­tion to him­self.

“But it’s got to suit the club as well, it has al­ways got to be on our terms. If the club feels it’s the then the club will do it.

“If it’s not then that will be the sit­u­a­tion.

“My job is to con­cen­trate on the foot­ball and make sure the play­ers un­der­stand who I feel has got the op­por­tu­nity to go for­ward and who I don’t feel.

“You never say never in foot­ball but ev­ery­one is very clear with it all. We will see in the com­ing days and weeks.”

Pressed on whether his stance was based on fi­nan­cial or foot­balling rea­sons, Monk ad­mit­ted it was a com­bi­na­tion of both.

“I take ev­ery­thing into ac­count. My main fo­cus is on foot­ball but, of course, there are things like fi­nance. You have to take ev­ery­thing into right pack­age ac­count as a man­ager,’’ he said.

“Of course, pri­mar­ily the foot­ball side of it is why the play­ers who will re­main will get the op­por­tu­nity to do what we are go­ing to do.

“Then re­cruit­ing play­ers to come in to help that squad I have cho­sen.

“I just want to be very clear with it, which I have, ev­ery­one knows ex­actly where they stand.”

Stock­dale made 36 Cham­pi­onship and three FA Cup ap­pear­ances in his first sea­son at Blues fol­low­ing a free trans­fer from Brighton.

Mean­while, for­mer Blues hot­shot Jack Storer has signed for Scot­tish side Partick This­tle.

The 20-year-old for­ward was re­leased at the end of last sea­son af­ter a trou­bled sec­ond stint in the Sec­ond City.

By BRIAN DICK >

Blues man­ager Garry Monk has of­fered the first on-the-record in­sight sur­round­ing David Stock­dale’s po­si­tion at St An­drew’s

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