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Monk hopes to blast Boro to top flight

By Damian Spellman

Middlesbrough have confirmed that Garry Monk has been appointed as their new manager.

The 38-year-old former Swansea and Leeds boss will be unveiled at a press conference on Monday after agreeing to take over as Aitor Karanka's replacement.

The club said in a statement: "Middlesbrough FC are delighted to confirm the appointment of Garry Monk as the club's new manager. Garry will be officially unveiled at a media conference on Monday."

Boro are yet to confirm the length of Monk's contract, while the wording of their announcement - that he is "manager" rather than "head coach", as Karanka was - may well be significant. Monk was one of a series of potential candidates to whom chairman Steve Gibson spoke, including Karanka's assistant Steve Agnew, who took charge for the final 11 games of last season, before making his choice. He was available after parting company with Leeds last month after guiding the Elland Road club to the fringes of the Sky Bet Championship play-offs, only for the two parties to fail to reach agreement over an extension.

Monk's remit will be to guide Boro into the Premier League after their first season back in the top flight ended in relegation following a seven-year quest to return to the promised land.

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