David Prutton: Leeds senior man took a risk that paid off
By Dominic Toner
David Prutton believes that manager Garry Monk took a chance by joining Leeds in the summer and is now receiving the benefit.
The 37-year-old completed his move to the Whites at the beginning of the season and has preceded all expectations.
The former Swansea manager has taken the Championship by storm and turned his side into strong promotion candidates.
The Yorkshire club are currently fourth-placed in the league table and are in a fantastic position to finish inside the play-off positions, as they look for a return to the Premier League.
Ex-Leeds midfielder and now Sky Sports pundit Prutton claimed “people questioned Monk’s sanity” when he moved to Elland Road, given the club’s recent record of dismissing managers.
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However, he claimed that Monk is now reaping the rewards of taking the chance to manager the Yorkshire giants.
“The job’s a bit of a drug and when you see how well it’s going at Leeds you realise why Monk wanted to take the challenge on,” Prutton wrote in the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It’s like everyone says: get it right at Leeds and you won’t experience much else like it.”
Monk is now returning an eye to management in the top-flight with Leeds and has a squad that have been fairly consistent all season.
He has benefited from the form of top striker Chris Wood, who has netted 23 goals across all competitions this season.
The manager has also become very popular with the club’s supporters and is regarded as one of the best young managers in the Championship.