By Will Butcher
Darragh MacAnthony believes Leeds can gain automatic promotion to the Premier League next season – but they must hang on to manager Garry Monk to do so.
The Yorkshire giants missed out on a place in the Championship play-offs, after their 3-3 draw against Norwich on Saturday meant they will have to wait another year for promotion.
Outspoken Peterborough chairman MacAnthony claimed on his personal Twitter account, when replying to a fan, that Leeds would gain promotion next term “with backing”.
Manager Garry Monk’s future is now in doubt after failing to finish in the top six, with his contract set to expire in two months’ time unless Leeds opt to renew his deal.
Gutting you fell short. GM did superb job imo & with backing could achieve auto promotion next season. With backing! https://t.co/sO92xYwt3Y
— Darragh MacAnthony (@DMAC102) April 30, 2017
Leeds had remained in the top six of England’s second tier for five months before a run of poor form saw them slip out of the play-off positions.
Four losses and only win in their last seven outings has seen Monk’s side slip out of the play-off running, which will see their wait outside the Premier League stretch to 14 years.
Leeds have one more game to play in the Championship, as they travel to the DW Stadium on Saturday to face Wigan Athletic.
MacAnthony’s Peterborough also fell short of the play-offs but in League One, as the Posh finished in eleventh place and a distant 11 points off sixth placed Millwall.
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