By Coral Barry

Garry Monk says he rejected other offers to return to management because he was waiting for a special job like Leeds to come up.

The former Swansea manager has been linked with the Aston Villa and Fulham posts in recent months, but Monk admitted none of the offers that came in appealed to him.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino’s long search for a new manager finally ended on Thursday and Monk revealed he feels he is perfectly suited to being the Leeds boss.

“I feel I have a way of working that will suit Leeds United, that will suit the players that are here,” said Monk speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“The way that the club wants to grow as well and the way the club wants to push forward and have success – I think we all want that.

“I can sense that and especially with the fanbase that we have here, I think of all that, when you put it together is somewhere where you want to be.

“It’s a big, big challenge but it’s a really big attraction as well. I have had other options. I have had other people talk to me but for whatever reasons, whether it was timing or it wasn’t the right situation, I feel this is the right situation for me.

“This is what I have been waiting for. I’m ready to go.”

Previous manager Steve Evans left Elland Road at the start of the week after months of speculation about his future.

Evans had been hoping for a permanent contract after he steered Leeds out of a relegation fight and eventually achieved a 13th place finish in the Championship.

In other Leeds news, Cellino has told his new manager how much input he wants with affairs on the pitch.