'This is the concern' - BBC journalist shares huge Leeds problem after promotion heartache
By Harry Sykes
Leeds’ biggest problem is the uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Garry Monk, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Leeds correspondent Adam Pope explained the stark reality facing the Championship big hitters after they suffered promotion heartache on Saturday.
Leeds’ play-offs hopes are over following their 3-3 draw at home against Norwich, which means they cannot finish higher than seventh in the league this season.
Fulham will finish sixth after drawing 1-1 against Brentford on Saturday, giving them a three-point advantage over Leeds with a far superior goal difference.
Pope highlighted how there are a number of contract issues that need addressing, both among the playing squad and the coaching staff.
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“Leeds have put the foundations down – but they’ll have to keep the core of this squad together,” said Pope on BBC Radio Leeds, as quoted by the BBC Leeds live match blog (Saturday, 5.03pm).
“This is the concern, now, with the season effectively over – there are a lot of ifs, buts and maybes. And the biggest one is Garry Monk.”
The Leeds manager signed a one-year contract when he was appointed last summer as the successor to Steve Evans.
The former Swansea boss, 38, revealed on Thursday he will sit down with club chiefs in June for talks about a contract extension.
In other Leeds United news, a stunning £14million bid is being prepared as deal edges closer with Premier League big hitters.