By Alex Stevens

Danny Mills has claimed that Leeds are the most stable they have been since their Premier League days.

The Yorkshire giants have been outside of the top flight since 2004, which was when Mills’s five-year spell at the club came to an end.

It kickstarted Leeds’ spell in the doldrums, which extended to a period in League One as well as a lengthy time in the second tier.

There is now growing hope among the Leeds faithful that they can mount a serious promotion bid and secure the holy grail of a Premier League turn.

The club has been riven by discord and controversy in recent years, not least until erratic current owner Massimo Cellino.

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But Mills,who interviewed manager Garry Monk for Football Focus last week, noted a transformation at Elland Road inspired the man in the dugout and made the huge claim that the club is its most stable in nearly 13 years.

“I think he has done very well,” said Mills to the official Leeds website. “I said to him in the interview I thought what happened to him at Swansea was harsh. He finished eighth in his first full season.

“He speaks well, has a clear plan and has a young squad that is doing well. I wish him all the best.

“This club is now relatively stable and more stable than it has been, probably since I was here. Hopefully Garry stays him for two or three years at least and gets them back into the promised land of the Premier League.”

Leeds go into Christmas well placed in fifth in the league table, although they are 11 points adrift of leaders Newcastle.

Former England right-back Mills, 39, is now a pundit for the BBC and is well known for his outspoken verdicts.

In other Leeds news, the club are in talks to sign a £10million Premier League striker.