By Will Butcher
Yes, Garry Monk has made a fairly dismal start to his Leeds reign. Yes, the team have yet to develop anything resembling an identifiable playing style. And, yes, he surely knew the job he was taking on working for the most trigger-happy chairman in the English leagues.
But a man widely regarded as one of the brightest young managers in England must be given more time to mould the Leeds players at his disposal into a unit capable of challenging for promotion.
It is too early for Massimo Cellino to resort to type and grab the axe that is never too far away from his grasp and sluice the Monk reign before it has even had time to take proper shape.
The former Swansea boss is coming under increasing pressure early on in his stint as Leeds boss, but controversial owner Massimo Cellino will be making a huge mistake if he does decide to wield his deadly managerial axe for the seventh time in three years.
The Times paper edition on Wednesday claimed that Cellino has “grown tired” of Monk and is ready to bring in a new manager in place of the 37-year-old boss.
However, former Cagliari owner Cellino should tread carefully if he is to sack Monk. The former centre-back has already gained the trust of his players in the dressing room and is likely to receive a backlash from the Leeds squad if he opts to replace Monk.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Torino loanee Pontus Jansson stated before the 2-1 triumph over Blackburn that the squad wanted to win for their under-fire manager.
Monk is also the first manager to actually try and keep the ball on the deck at Elland Road, with managers such as Neil Warnock and Steve Evans opting to use a more unattractive approach which, in the past, has limited the creative talents of Alex Mowatt, Stuart Dallas and other players that have since departed.
For the first time during his tyrannical two-year stay in Yorkshire, it seemed that Cellino actually gave his manager control over signings with Monk bringing in Matt Grimes, Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez after working with them at Swansea.
With Monk’s 11 new signings still getting to know each other, patience is required from Cellino as the squad begins to gel.
Monk is yet to regain the trust of the fans, but with more time and better performances from his squad, the young manager could regain his reputation as one of the brightest young managers in the English game.
Leeds face Cardiff this weekend and it remains to be seen whether Monk, one of English football’s most highly rated young managers, will be in the dugout for the Yorkshire giants at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
In other Leeds news, Ian Holloway has predicted this result between Leeds and Cardiff.