By Dominic Toner
Garry Monk has urged his Leeds players to unite the supporters as he feels they can play a huge role this season.
Monk was appointed the new Elland Road manager last month and is preparing for his first taste of Championship football as a manager.
He spent three seasons in England’s second-tier as a player and was promoted via the playoffs in the 2010-11 season, something he will now be hoping to achieve again this time at Elland Road.
He told the Leeds website: “I already know what a fantastic club it is, how well-supported it is and how passionate the fans are.
“Sometimes, when you have a big club with that kind of following, it can put added pressure on. Something I’ll be working on this season is to use that to our advantage.”
Leeds racked up the fifth best home attendance record last season with an average of 22,446 according to Soccer Stats, despite an unexciting year which saw the club finish in mid-table in 13th.
The former Swansea manager has already brought in six new players, the latest being League Two Player of the Year Kemar Roofe in a £3million deal.
In addition to Roofe, the 37-year-old has also signed Marcus Antonsson and Rob Green on permanent deals, while Kyle Bartley, Hadi Sacko and Matt Grimes all join Monk’s revolution on loan.
His first league game in charge is on the road against Queens Park Rangers before they then face two home matches against Birmingham and Fulham, and the new boss will be hoping his home support will help spur his side on.
In other Leeds news, they have been given a boost in their pursuit of Eredivisie target.