Even Leeds United and Aston Villa fans can't believe that Birmingham City have sacked Garry Monk.
Speculation was rife that the former Leeds boss was set to walk away from St Andrew's following the sale of Jota to Aston Villa earlier this month.
Monk led the Blues to safety in the Championship after taking charge in March of 2018.
The 40-year-old, who quit life at Elland Road a little over two years ago, had City challenging for a playoff spot toward the end of last season, but a nine-point deduction for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations saw them plummet down the Championship table.
Nevertheless, the West Midlands club seemed on the right track with Monk at the helm, and Leeds and Aston Villa fans are shocked by the decision to bin him.
From a Leeds fan,— Ramblings/Conor ⚪ (@ramblingsaltv) June 18, 2019
You've f*cked up there, we don't like him but he has made blues a stable ship for the first time since 2011, madness.
Surprised about Monk... did a decent job in very tough circumstances at St Andrews. Still rate him as a manager but he needs to stick in a job for more than a couple of seasons now. #lufc— EastStandUpper (@EastStandUpper) June 18, 2019
Shocking...best manager you’ve had in years, board deserve all the abuse coming their way— Andy Batters (@andy_batters) June 18, 2019
Can we all just take a moment to laugh and #BCFC firing Garry Monk, the best manager they have had in years— Everything's All White (@b1ake_LUFC) June 18, 2019
seen a few sympathetic tweets for those lot over small heath, i have ZERO sympathy i hate them and it couldn’t happen to more derserving bunch horrible club monk is better off being out of there #AVFC— David Logan (@thelogan1975) June 18, 2019
I am a villa fan but @XuandongRen and @Birmingnese have just made an error monk did well for Birmingham City and I don’t know why they’ve sacked monk just seen a @BrummieJoeHD vid and it’s pretty interesting UTFV— Ashton White (@Mr_AVFC_Ashton) June 18, 2019
Pep Clotet, a favourite among Leeds supporters after assisting Monk during his one and only season in West Yorkshire, has since been named caretaker manager.
The former Swansea City centre-back and head coach replaced Steve Evans at the Whites three years ago and led them to a seventh-placed finish during the 2016-17 campaign.
He remains a vilified figure among many fans for leaving the club - and swiftly joining Middlesbrough - but there is an argument to be made that Monk laid the foundations for future managers to thrive at Leeds.
During his first and last summer transfer window, Monk signed Pontus Jansson, Luke Ayling, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe, four key players for Marcelo Bielsa last term.
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