Chris Wood: This is how bad it was at Leeds before Monk arrived
By Matt Farr
Leeds striker Chris Wood has revealed how the discord behind the scenes was a key factor in the team underachieving last season.
The New Zealand international has been in superb form for Leeds this season, scoring 13 goals from 23 appearances in all competitions, helping Leeds to fourth in the Championship with 10 wins from 19 games.
This is a far cry from last season when former managers Uwe Rosler and then Steve Evans paid with their jobs after the team ended the campaign in 13th in the table.
Wood joined Leeds in summer 2015, as Neil Redfearn made way for Rosler, and last season Rosler left in October 2015 for Evans, who in turn was replaced in June by Garry Monk.
The consistency in the dugout this season as Leeds have defied expectation to become genuine promotion candidates.
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Wood has hailed his side’s impressive start to the season, and believes they can go all the way and earn promotion back to the English top-flight after a thirteen year absence.
He also explained how managerial changes and constant dressing room upheaval had a negative effect before Monk arrived.
Wood told the Independent: “We all want to strive for the play-offs. We are keeping it pretty low-key, and we just want to improve on last year and progress as a team.
“Last year, there was a lot of chopping and changing, then a lot change last summer. As players, we just want a season that is chilled out, with consistency the whole way through. This season shows how much that consistency is working for us.”
Despite a slow start to the campaign, Monk has worked wonders since taking over at Elland Road in the summer. He has done very well to set aside many of the issues linked to the club in recent years, particularly involving club owner Massimo Cellino.
Leeds are often making the headlines, but Monk and co are working extremely hard to ensure it’s all positive press.
Cellino now faces an 18-month ban from football after being found guilty of breaching FA regulations in regards to the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014.
Leeds face high-flying Brighton, who are also in the hunt for promotion, on Friday night, and they can move up to third with a win.
In other Leeds news, boss Garry Monk has made this admission about his Leeds squad.