By Harvey Byrne
Noel Whelan commented that Garry Monk has done a better job with Leeds than Rafa Benitez with Newcastle this season, and fans from both sides took to Twitter to discuss who was better.
The pair were shortlisted for October’s manager of the month award, which Benitez eventually won after a successful month for both teams.
The two Championship giants are set to meet on Sunday at Elland Road with the Toon at the top of the league and Leeds sat in sixth place.
Now former Whites midfielder Whelan wrote in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post that he believed Monk was doing a better job with the differences in budget for the two clubs.
“Newcastle are on fire at the moment, Rafa seems to have got them firing on all cylinders and he is getting them adjusted to the Championship now and the way of playing and they are seeing the benefits from that,” wrote Whelan.
“But in saying that, they have got international players in their ranks and you would expect Newcastle to be up there.
“With Leeds, I would say Garry has probably done a better job because it’s difficult when you are on a budget and you have got to bring players in and you don’t have money available.
“So really, the job that Garry has done, is probably a little bit harder and he is a little bit more successful right now than Benitez.”
The comments have caused both fan bases to back their respective manager’s on social media with both sides stating their manager was better than the other.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I'd say that's a given- Look at what Monk has to work with compared to Benitez. Full marks to Monk- tougher task all round, if you ask me. https://t.co/aHYb3FmMM1
— Paul-Owen Connolly (@PaulConLTU) November 14, 2016
@MsiDouglas in terms of resources at his disposal, I'd say unquestionably.
— Tom Mullen (@Tom_Mullen) November 14, 2016
— martin brookes (@sp3nc3333) November 14, 2016
@NoelDavidWhelan how is monk doing a better job than Benitez??
— DAN BUREK (@toondan) November 14, 2016
— CM (@CraigyMul) November 14, 2016
@MsiDouglas These comparisons are always daft, but I don't think you can gauge Rafa's work from the outside – done far more than get results
— Ben Spratt (@bensprattjourn) November 14, 2016
The two teams are set to face each other in a sold out Elland Road with both fan bases keen to see their teams return to England’s top flight.
They currently make up two of the top three spots in the form table with Newcastle in second place with 25 points from their last 10 fixtures, while Leeds are in third with 22 points from the same amount of encounters.
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