Garry Monk targets instant return to Premier League with Middlesbrough

• ‘The club is equipped, it is ready and the ambition is to get back’
• Monk left Leeds in May after failing to agree a new contract with new owner

Garry Monk insists the immediate target for Middlesbrough is to gain an instant passage back to the Premier League, although the newly-appointed manager realises it will not be a straightforward task. Boro were relegated to the Championship after finishing 19th in the top flight, after just five league wins all season, but Monk is adamant the club can achieve an instant return to the Premier League.

“This club is equipped, it is ready and the ambition from all of us is to get back at the first time of asking,” Monk said at his formal unveiling on Monday. “Promotion has to be the ambition. It’s a competitive and difficult league but this club is equipped and we’re all determined to do it. That is the ambition, the objective. There is no getting away from that. That is the challenge, I would like to make it at the first attempt, but in this league it is very difficult for the teams that come down to make it back.

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