By Coral Barry
Peter Lorimer has warned Leeds they cannot expect promotion just because Garry Monk has been appointed as they do not have the necessary quality in the squad.
However, the Whites legend does believe promotion can be achieved if the club allow Monk to bring in the right players this summer.
Monk was appointed last week after months of speculation about who was next on Massimo Cellino’s long list of managers and Lorimer admitted that although he is delighted with the appointment, the team is simply not good enough at the moment.
“It’s a decision we can all get behind – a move which brings a very talented and well-regarded coach to Elland Road,” said Lorimer writing in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.
“The priority now must be recruitment of players, and as I’ve said many times that will be the biggest factor in our performance next term.
“Having someone like Garry Monk to instill his methods and bring on the youngsters is a huge positive in my eyes, but he’d admit himself that you can only make the play-offs – or win promotion – with a squad that’s good enough to do that. Very few people produce miracles in the Championship.
“Generally, the best sides and the best players walk away with the medals.”
Monk was sacked by Premier League club Swansea last December, but is generally thought of as one of the best young managers in England.
At 37 the former defender joins several other Championship bosses under the age of 40 looking to raise the value of the name, including Norwich’s Alex Neil and Wigan’s Gary Caldwell.
Monk has spoken at length about the importance of keeping hold of the core of Leeds’ team, including coveted youngsters Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook, but is also expected to make some serious changes to the squad this summer.