By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has laid down the law at Leeds by issuing his players with three non-negotiable rules.
The club’s new manager has revealed the level of his professionalism and good conduct he expects from his squad as they prepare for their Championship opener against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday afternoon.
“There are only three rules that I follow, that I’ve explained to the players here and that I hold them to,” Monk told The Times.
“The first is don’t be late for anything; there’s no excuse to be late for anything, even if just out on the pitch or to report for a pre-training session in the gym.
“The second is that you have to give 100 per cent, you’re a professional footballer, there’s no excuse, that’s your job, whether you are in or out of the squad, down, had a bad evening with the missus, it’s your job to give everything you have every single day.
“My last rule is ‘don’t be a . . .’ You can’t really print the word but in more polite terms it’s ‘be a good person’.”
Monk was appointed as the new Leeds manager in the summer following the protracted departure of Steve Evans.
The former Swansea boss, 37, is regarded by many within the game as one of the best young managers in England and has been set the task of leading a promotion charge for Leeds this season despite working with a budget that is dwarfed by those of the likes of Newcastle and Aston Villa.
Monk has been very active in the market this summer and is looking to continue his Elland Road revolution, as he aims to return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.
Monk has made seven senior signings so far, bringing in Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.