By Harvey Byrne

Stan Collymore has shared that he’s a “massive admirer” of Leeds manager Garry Monk and is convinced he can help the club win promotion.

The outspoken pundit hailed the young manager, stating he had “steadied one of the biggest and most volatile ships in English football”.

The 37-year-old has only been the boss of the Yorkshire giants for six months after taking over from Steve Evans in June.

He has brought a new sense of hope and a feel-good factor to the club since his appointment.

Many are now believing that the club can return to the Premier League and Collymore would appear to agree, predicting a play-off finish for the side.

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Leeds have dropped down to sixth place in the league following their 2-0 defeat against second placed Brighton on Friday.

They are set to face another tough clash in midweek with third placed Reading travelling up to Elland Road on Tuesday.

The club are so far exceeding pre-season expectations and they could be set to finish in their highest position since the 2005-06 play-off final campaign.

They haven’t been in the Premier League since 2004 and have even dropped down to the third tier in their time away from the top flight.

However, fans will now be hoping their time in the Football League will be coming to an end soon under Monk.

In other Leeds news, midfield trio ruled out of the clash against Reading in midweek.