Monk’s ‘blueprint for change’ at S6

Garry Monk has spoken of the changes he believes need to happen at Hillsborough to get the club back into the Premier League.

Talking at Wednesday’s press conference after the total capitulation in the 5-0 home defeat to Blackburn, Monk said: “The bigger process from the bigger picture is changing maybe the culture and mentality of this club and this environment and getting it to where it needs to be.

“That is my determination, that’s what I am here to do, That’s what I have set out to do and I’m trying to do that as quickly as I can, but it needs time. It also needs fight and an attitude towards it.”

The manager, who said he continues to give the current squad every opportunity to show they can help fulfil his plans, added: “I’ve seen a lot of good things from this group and I’ve also seen things I don’t like.

“This is a big job, there is a lot of work to be done. I said that right from the start and my opinion has not changed on that at all.”

Monk said he was shocked at the dreadful Blackburn display and that it was unacceptable,

He continued: “We let ourselves down last week, we let everyone down. If we have anything about us and have learnt anything from it then we will come fighting back from that.”

Monk said there had been an open meeting with the squad at the start of the week to discuss the Blackburn game and, looking to the FA Cup tie at QPR on Friday night, the manager said he is confident the players can respond, as they have done in the past this season, but he added: “Words are words, actions are what you are judged on.

“It’s important to have words but what is more important is action. That is what you will always be judged on and that shows whether you meant those words or not.”

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