By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk claimed it was “none of your business” when asked what chairman Massimo Cellino’s opinion was of his work as Leeds manager after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield.
The Yorkshire giants dropped into the Championship relegation zone after the outcome of the West Yorkshire derby left them with just four points from their first six games.
In a tetchy interview with BBC Radio Leeds, Monk told reporter Adam Pope that he should not be asking what Cellino thought to the job he had done after eight games in charge in all competitions.
“That’s none of your business,” Monk said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I’m not going to give someone else’s opinion – you have to ask the man himself.”
Informed that Cellino has stopped speaking to certain members of the press, Monk replied, “Well then there you go.”
United’s head coach was then asked if he and Cellino were “okay” to which he replied: “I’m brilliant. Fine.” Pushed for an answer as to if the relationship with Cellino was solid, Monk replied: “I think the interview is done.”
Asked earlier if he felt under undue pressure in his role, Monk insisted: “It’s got nothing to do with that. I am focused purely on the job.
“I am working as hard as I can possibly with these players and it’s a new group, new players and it takes time to gel.
“They are trying their hardest, you can see the effort is there but it’s just not quite clicking for them. We will continue to work and that’s my focus.
“I don’t listen to anything else and I am not here to worry what someone outside of the club has to say or what their opinion is.
“All that matters is the opinion of us within here and how we are working. Everyone knows how I work, everyone knows what I am trying to do here and I will continue to do that.”
Monk could be on limited time at Elland Road after suffering four defeats in his opening six league matches in charge given Cellino’s history of firing the men in the dugout.
During the Italian businessman’s controversial three-year tenure, Leeds have sacked six managers.
Leeds face bottom club Blackburn on Tuesday at Elland Road and they will see it as a good opportunity to get a victory given their current poor form.
In other Leeds news, Monk has dropped a hint about his future transfer activity in the free agent market.