By Amir Mir
Ian Holloway has backed Huddersfield to beat Leeds on Saturday, as he believes Garry Monk is finding it hard to concentrate with the reported axe looming over him.
Sky Sports pundit Holloway has backed the Terriers to beat their Yorkshire rivals 2-1 at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.
Leeds have lost three out of five Championship games this season, and manager Monk is already reportedly fighting to save his job.
Huddersfield top the Championship table with 13 points and Holloway has predicted David Wagner’s side to register their fifth win in six games against Monk’s side.
“I would pay to watch Huddersfield play,” Holloway wrote in his Sky Sports column. “Everything they do is forward thinking. I hope their fans enjoy the ride this season. It looks set to be an exciting one judging by their first few games. I think they’ll get another win in this Yorkshire derby.
“No matter what Garry Monk says, it’s very difficult to manage and concentrate on the processes in a situation where the sack could be looming over you.
“You end up staring at an outcome before it’s an outcome – it’s hard not to think like that when you’re thinking short-term.”
Leeds have recorded only one victory so far during the 2016/17 Championship campaign, with a 2-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday on August 20.
Former Premier League manager Monk will be hoping for the same response from his side in this game as they sit in a disappointing 21st place in the Championship table.
In other Leeds team news, this is how Garry Monk’s side will line-up against Huddersfield, with seven new signings expected to start.