Monk led Leeds to the brink of the Championship play-offs last season and claims he was not looking to quit when they missed out on the top six but only chose to move on when new owner Andrea Radrizzani came in.
While clarity and leadership on the national political stage remains a bit of a moot point, Monk and the Boro hierarchy have clearly found a meeting of minds in the footballing realm. You look from before, they had a good progression from the club, built its way to the Premier League and shows it's a club that works in a good way.
Monk said: "Ben is one of a number of players here who are integral to the squad, integral to making that step back".
"All of those boxes that I needed ticked, as well as being able to move forward with the club, Middlesbrough had it". He is passionate and ambitious and that struck a chord with me.
The agent of Reading manager Jaap Stam has told the Dutch media there's interest from other clubs in England.
"The clarity of that is what appeals most".
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.
"Everything I wanted in terms of the challenge I wanted was clear with Middlesbrough".
Monk will get on with appointing his backroom staff, with James Beattie likely to join from Leeds.
During the January transfer window, Garry Monk had a plan to land the 26-year-old midfielder and to strengthen this part of his team.
"Of course, players, managers and the club itself all want to do it at the highest level".
"But hopefully I can do that at Reading".