By Alex Stevens
Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford has insisted that Garry Monk has never been in danger of the sack and the club have total faith in “our guy”.
Mansford insisted Leeds were “in a calm place with Garry” as pressure built on their manager in the early weeks of September, prior to a dramatic turnaround of five wins in six games.
Monk consolidated his position at Elland Road with a impressive run of results, taking Leeds from 22nd in the Championship table to 11th place going into the current international break.
Owner Massimo Cellino was reported to be considering Monk’s future as early results went against Leeds’ squad, but the Yorkshire giants head to Derby on Saturday with convincing form behind them.
Leeds overhauled their coaching staff and playing squad over the summer by bringing in Monk and his backroom team at the start of June and making 11 signings before the transfer window cut-off in August.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Mansford said: “We knew it was going to take a little bit of time and that the squad needed to be built up. Garry was going to be afforded that time.
“I believe we were in a calm place with Garry. I firmly believe that. Garry’s given the ownership, the senior executive team, his staff and his players every confidence that he believes he’s the man for the job. He hasn’t got too high and he didn’t get too low when we had one or two knocks.
“We crack on. Garry’s our guy, he’s doing well for us, he’s very well regarded and I believe he’s one of the best young coaches around – let him get on with his job.”
A win against Derby and newly appointed manager Steve McClaren could see Monk’s side move to within touching distance of the play-off positions.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are set to sign a Spain international in the January transfer window.