Blues boss takes Stock of goalkeeper situation
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