Garry Monk: Steve Gibson's passion proved Middlesbrough is ideal club for me

New Bosses for Hull City and Middlesbrough

The former Manchester United defender has a year left on the two-year contract he agreed with Reading last summer and has been in negotiations about an extension to that agreement.

"Everything I wanted in terms of the challenge was here with Middlesbrough".

The 44-year-old former Holland worldwide managed to guide the Royals to the Championship play-off final but they were beaten on penalties by Huddersfield Town.

Jaap Stam appears unlikely to take the managerial reins at Leeds United this summer, with agent Henk Timmer insisting that the Dutchman remains "loyal" to current employers Reading and suggesting that only a Premier League move might tempt him away in the short-term.

Firstly, new Chinese owners Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li have promised to bankroll the club, and have already pumped a £60 million loan into the club's coffers to help pay off the debts that have been holding the club back financially for so many years.

"Next was to look and try and find that right challenge that I wanted and the boxes ticked that I needed, and everything that I wanted was clear with Middlesbrough". It's a competitive and hard league but this club is equipped and we're all determined to do it.

"Ben is one of a number of players who are integral to this club and integral to making that step back to the Premier League".

"The key is to make sure the club refocus and get ready with confidence to come again this season and back into it". I have a lot of respect for that club and I had a really good time there.

The 38-year-old had been linked with Sky Bet Championship rivals and North-East neighbours, Sunderland, but said Boro and chairman Steve Gibson were "the right fit" for him.

An announcement on Monk's backroom staff is set to be made later in the week.

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