By Alex Stevens
Potential news Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani will be expected to clarify his position on Garry Monk as and when his takeover of the club goes through, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Monk’s future will be a major issue if the Italian mogul is successful in completing a deal for the Championship club.
Radrizzani broke cover earlier this week when he confirmed that he is in talks to buy a major stake in Leeds.
The co-founder of media rights group MP & Silva, who has been seen at Elland Road on numerous occasions this season, revealed in an interview with The Straits Times that he was in “advanced negotiations” with current owner Massimo Cellino.
“Massimo has 100 per cent now and if I do the deal, I will enter the club during this season with 50 per cent and have the option to buy him out completely in June next summer,” said Radrizzani.
The businessman added that he will bring his own team and management to Leeds if the deal goes through, although he stopped short of giving any view on current manager Monk.
The 37-year-old took over from Steve Evans in the summer and has overcome a difficult start to guide the former Champions League club to fifth in the league.
Leeds also reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup before being defeated 2-0 by high flying Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.
The Yorkshire Evening Post detailed what Radrizzani’s takeover could mean for one of the brightest young managers in England.
“Monk cannot influence this process but he will inevitably be in the middle of it,” the report read. “Radrizzani’s refusal to discuss Monk with The Straits Times was indicative of nothing.
“It cannot be taken as a silent vote of confidence or a subliminal admission of any lack of it. Radrizzani will be expected to clarify his view on Monk as and when his deal goes through.
“He will know that Monk has a high stock, a professional manner and the weight of the crowd on his side. There is plenty of clamour for an extension to Monk’s contract, let alone a full season in charge.”
Leeds return to Championship action on Saturday when they host Aston Villa at Elland Road in what is a tea-time kick-off.
Monk’s side can climb to fourth in the table if all other results this weekend go their way.
In other Leeds news, the club are closing in on a £3.6million January signing.