By Alex Stevens
Danny Mills has made the startling prediction that Garry Monk could be sacked by the end of September.
Monk was appointed the new Leeds manager on Thursday, 48 hours after the elongated exit of Steve Evans was finally confirmed by the club.
The former Swansea manager becomes the seventh head coach of chairman Massimo Cellino’s controversial two-year tenure but declared he had felt an immediate “connection” with the Italian who he says will make no interference with first team affairs.
Monk’s appointment was broadly welcomed by Leeds supporters but it was also greeted with scepticism given Cellino’s hire-and-fire policy.
Former Leeds defender Mills rates Monk’s managerial qualities, but he has suggested that the 37-year-old will be in trouble if the team start the season poorly.
“I think Garry is a great manager, young British manager that can come in and do something, if he is given time,” Mills told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“I can understand why he has taken it. I think it is a great opportunity for him and for Leeds. The worry is if it doesn’t go well after seven or eight games, there might be somebody in by the end of September.”
Monk revealed on Thursday that he had had a number of conversations with Cellino before the terms of the deal were agreed.
Monk’s only managerial job to date has been a 20-month spell in charge of Swansea that ended when he was sacked last December.
Like Evans, Monk has also been handed a short-term rolling contract, prompting further discussion about Cellino’s lack of long-term planning.
Leeds fans reacted positively to news that their club had secured an emerging manager with a creditable Premier League record, but this was mixed with scepticism about Cellino’s hire-and-fire policy.