By Tom Blackburn
Massimo Cellino is already losing faith in Leeds manager Garry Monk after a poor start to the season, according to a reliable journalist.
Daily Mirror reporter David Anderson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night that only a late goal in the club’s EFL Cup win against Fleetwood last week stopped Cellino from sacking the former Swansea manager after just two games.
The stunning bombshell from the experienced Mirror northern correspondent also states that the Leeds owner is “losing confidence” in Monk just four games into his tenure.
Cellino was ready to sack Monk before Antonsson's late goal against Fleetwood saved them and is losing confidence in the ex-Swans boss.
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) August 18, 2016
Monk was only hired this summer following the dismissal of Steve Evans, as Cellino made his latest attempt to hire a manager who can lead a charge into the Premier League.
Leeds lost 3-0 to QPR in their opening Championship opener, and they were trailing 1-0 to League Two Fleetwood before Marcus Antonsson’s 90th minute equaliser.
The Yorkshire giants went on to win that match on penalties, but their bad form has not ended there.
Their next Championship match saw them welcome Birmingham to Elland Road, and it was the Blues who won 2-1, before Leeds earned their first league points of the season in their third match with a 1-1 draw against Fulham on Tuesday.
Cellino has become famed for his lack of patience with managers, and Monk is his seventh at the club since his takeover in January 2014.
Disgruntled supporters have turned en masse on Cellino, with the group “Time To Go Massimo” holding regular protests.
However, Cellino is happy in his role at a club with many earning opportunities and admitted he had turned down an offer from a company who own clubs in Germany and Austria.
“I had an offer from Red Bull,” he told Italian sport website Isola 24 Sport, last week. “But I do not want to sell, for now.
“In England football clubs earn money from their stadium, merchandising, TV rights, the public.
“It is a fluid market that allows you to sell and buy.”
While Leeds fans may look at his business-like attitude with dismay, there is no doubt they have one shared vision for the club.
“I want to get Leeds back to the Premier League,” he continued to Isola 24 Sport.
Monk has been given the opportunity to be active in the market this summer and as he looks to continue his Elland Road revolution – with the joint goal of returning the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.
Monk has made 10 signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
The most recent signings are Liam Bridcutt and Pontus Jansson who have arrived this week, as Leeds search for a way to fix their early season problems.
In other Leeds news, midfielder signs as Leeds settle second move of the day.