By Will Butcher

Leeds assistant manager Pep Clotet is ready to fight the doubters after posting a defiant message on Twitter on Wednesday night.

The Spaniard, who followed Garry Monk to Elland Road this summer after their time together at Swansea, could also be a target of owner Massimo Cellino’s managerial axe if the Italian decides to swing the managerial axe yet again.

Former Malaga B manager Clotet revealed on his personal Twitter account that he would “never surrender” as rumours continue to circulate on how long controversial owner Cellino is willing to give his new coaching team.

Monk’s side appeared to strengthen their manager’s job security with their second Championship win of the season on Tuesday at Elland Road, after Kyle Bartley’s 86th-minute header saw off rock-bottom Blackburn in Tuesday’s 2-1 triumph.

However, subsequent reports in England and Italy claim that the 37-year-old could be sacked by former Cagliari owner Cellino.

The Times paper edition on Wednesday claimed that the former Cagliari owner has “grown tired” of Monk and is ready to make the young manager the seventh managerial casualty of his controversial three-year tenure.

Leeds travel to Cardiff on Saturday as Clotet and Monk look to generate some momentum for the Yorkshire giants.

In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter after this senior player liked a tweet that was in favour of Monk facing the chop.