Should Monk have been patient for West Brom or even Everton jobs?

Manager of Middlesbrough, Garry Monk during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Middlesbrough at Vitality Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.

If Garry Monk had bided this time rather than taking Middlesbrough job would he now be in the running for West Brom and Everton positions?

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton, England.David Unsworth, caretaker manager of Everton, during the Premier League match against Southampton.

Two Premier League clubs remain without permanent managers following sackings in Everton and West Bromwich Albion.

Sky Sports reports that Alan Pardew is in advanced talks about taking charge at the Baggies after admitting on Super Sunday that it was an "attractive job", while at Goodison Park there appears to be no new appointment imminent despite Ronald Koeman having been dismissed more than a month ago.

Former manager of Crystal Palace and Newcastle, Alan Pardew arrives to work for the media ahead of the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester City at the...Alan Pardew arrives to work for the media ahead of the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester City.

However, is there one boss from the Championship looking upwards and perhaps wishing he had bided his time a little longer to be in the running for either position currently?

That man is Garry Monk, who took charge at Middlesbrough over the summer after leaving Leeds United after just one season because of a change in ownership.

Having guided Leeds to seventh place against the odds in 2016/17, Monk's stock was high before he moved to Boro, but disappointing results this time around will have seen that somewhat diminished.

Manager of Middlesbrough, Garry Monk during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Middlesbrough at Vitality Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.Manager of Middlesbrough, Garry Monk, during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match against AFC Bournemouth.

The North Yorkshire club were among the promotion favourites after spending significant funds in the close season following relegation from the top flight, but a 3-0 home defeat to Derby County in their last outing leaves them 15 points off leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers and three points from the playoffs.

Unlike Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves and Sheffield United's Chris Wilder, Monk is no longer being linked with jobs in the English top tier despite managing in the division before with Swansea City and the 38-year-old may be wondering whether he made the correct decision by moving to the Riverside, rather than being patient and waiting for a top flight vacancy to emerge.

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