By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk is facing a one-game touchline ban following his dismissal at Bristol City last week, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has claimed that Monk plans to plead guilty to a misconduct charge brought against him by the Football Association after he was sent from his dug-out in the closing stages of Leeds’ 1-0 defeat at Ashton Gate.
Hay reports on his personal Twitter account on Monday night the FA will punish Monk with an immediate one-match suspension, forcing him to take in United’s next fixture away at Derby from the stands.
Monk’s been charged by the FA and is expected to plead guilty. Ban would kick in immediately which means he watches from the stands at Derby
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 3, 2016
Leeds travel to Pride Park on Saturday of next week to resume their season after the international break.
Hay states in the Yorkshire Evening Post that control of the first team in that fixture is set to fall assistant manager Pep Clotet.
Referee Keith Stroud ordered Monk from the touchline at City as frustration boiled over towards the end of a Championship game which ended United’s four-match winning streak.
Monk watched the final minutes from a seat behind the away dug-out and looked on as his side failed to level a second-half goal from Bristol City captain Marlon Pack.
The former Swansea boss played down the incident afterwards, saying he was not certain why Stroud had dismissed him and describing his sending off as “not a big problem”.
Leeds followed up their defeat to City by beating Barnsley 2-1 on Saturday to climb into the top half of the Championship for the first time this season.
Monk’s side are 11th in the table after securing their fifth win from six matches in all competition, and their fourth in five league encounters.
In other Leeds team news, this is what Sky pundit Ian Holloway predicted ahead of the team’s clash against Barnsley.