After some deliberation, the Trust would like to respond to recent statements made last week by both Xuandong Ren, who gave an interview to the national press, and Garry Monk, who spoke directly to the fans.
We would like to begin by saying that it is important to note that there are always two sides to every story.
There are clearly certain confidentiality agreements in place, which prohibit Garry Monk from expanding upon the circumstance around his dismissal. This much is evident from his own farewell statement. However, this means that we have only had the opportunity to hear one version of events.
We would therefore like to stand up for his right of reply.
We should begin with the known facts: those of Garry Monk’s tenure at the club, which Blues supporters will be very familiar with. He set out to forge a meaningful relationship with the fans, communicated openly and regularly with them and invested time in the local community. In doing so he helped to repair the lagging relationship between Blues fans and their club and in return, earned a great well of respect and admiration. The tone and content of his farewell letter to the supporters was consistent with his words and deeds since joining the Club.
We would like to place on record our sincere thanks for his clearly deeply felt message.
Of course, appearances can be deceiving. However, given the context of what we know and have seen with our own eyes, it is difficult to square the accusations made by Xuandong Ren in his interviews that Garry Monk is a man solely motivated by money.
Mr Ren also made note of Garry Monk’s preference of using a particular agent and how he came to find this unacceptable. English Football Association records do indeed confirm hat this particular agent had involvement in two of Garry Monk’s transfers. However, they also indicate that he played some role in five of Gianfranco Zola’s, and at least two of Gary Rowett’s.
The Trust would therefore be interested to know why this specific agent’s involvement was suddenly considered such a serious offence.
The lightning fast pace of the modern news cycle means that it can be incredibly difficult for the consumer to properly evaluate all of the information they are being presented. If one side of an argument is given the opportunity to make their agenda stick, then that becomes the prevailing narrative regardless of fact or fiction, unassailable if not properly challenged.
We therefore set a challenge to Xuandong Ren.
If his version of events is the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, then in the interests of total transparency we call upon him to formally remove whatever embargo is in place preventing Garry Monk from sharing his side of the story.
Only when the supporters are in possession of all of the facts can a judgement be made accordingly. We look forward to his prompt reply.
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