By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk was appointed the new Leeds manager on Thursday afternoon – and supporters took to Twitter to give their verdict.
The Yorkshire giants released a statement on their website to reveal that Monk has signed a one-year rolling contract.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 2, 2016
This came after Leeds released a statement on Tuesday night to confirm that Steve Evans had become the sixth manager axed by Massimo Cellino in his two-year reign as owner.
Monk, who had an 20-month spell in charge of Swansea, was immediately installed the strong odds-on favourite to be the new Leeds manager and his appointment has been confirmed less than 48 hours later.
Like Evans, Monk has also been handed a rolling contract, prompting further discussion about Cellino’s short-term plans.
The 37-year-old guided the Swans to top-flight survival, followed by an eighth-placed finish the following season with a record points tally. However, he was sacked last December following a poor run of results that left the club facing a relegation battle.
Leeds fans reacted positively to news that their club were pursuing an emerging manager with a creditable Premier League record, but this was mixed with scepticism about Cellino’s hire-and-fire policy.
Here are some of the messages on Twitter:
Gary Monk new Leeds manager. Pretty happy with that appointment, hopefully he sticks and builds something good #lufc
— Chris Cunno (@Chris_Cunno) June 2, 2016
A one-year deal probably sensible for both parties. If Monk’s left to his own devices, then no reason why #lufc can’t push for play-offs.
— Matt Ford (@Matt_Journalist) June 2, 2016
Garry Monk is a great appointment, great manager, if given time, he will take us back to the big time!! Best thing Massimo has done. #lufc
— Dominic Wilson (@DominicJwilson) June 2, 2016
— Scott Francis (@scottjourno97) June 2, 2016
— Scott Tierney (@STierney84) June 2, 2016
Please leave Garry Monk to his job?? #lufc
— Jack (@jmac212) June 2, 2016
Gary Monk has to be our best appointment for some years in terms of calibre. Touted as next England boss this time last year ?? #lufc
— james (@frudd28) June 2, 2016
— Simon Haddock (@Si_Haddock) June 2, 2016