By Harvey Byrne
Norwich caretaker manager Alan Irvine has been full of praise for Leeds boss Garry Monk ahead of the two side’s meeting this weekend.
The former West Brom manager stated that he felt that Monk had “done a great job after a difficult start,” while also stating he liked him as a person.
The Yorkshire giants’ boss took charge of the club in the summer following on from Steve Evans sacking.
He has since got Leeds battling for a play off place with two matches left, but it was a completely different story at the beginning of the campaign with the club sat in 22nd after six matches with four defeats, one draw and just one win from their opening fixtures.
However, Irvine paid tribute to the inexperienced manager’s work ahead of his team’s trip to Elland Road, stating in his pre-match press conference, as covered by the official Norwich Twitter account that he was an admirer.
Alan: "Garry Monk's done a great job after a difficult start. I like him as a person." #ncfc
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) April 28, 2017
Monk’s side are currently sat three points below Fulham in sixth with the Cottagers also boasting a better goal difference with a plus 27 to Leeds’ plus 14.
This means that the Yorkshire giants will know they must pick up six points from their next two fixtures against Norwich and Wigan if they are to attempt to end their 13-year wait for top-flight football.
In other Leeds news, Irvine has also taken a dig at the Whites’ support ahead of the weekend meeting.