By Derek Smithson

Eddie Gray feels that Leeds must act quickly to appoint a new manager following the departure of Garry Monk.

The 38-year-old handed in his resignation at Elland Road on Thursday and has left owner Andrea Radrizzani on the search for a new manager.

Bookmakers Sky Bet have placed Aitor Karanka as the 11/10 favourite for the vacant role, while Claudio Ranieri, Alan Pardew and Nigel Pearson are also shortlisted.

Whites legend Gary has urged his former side to move promptly in appointing a new boss so they can have a full pre-season with the squad.

“Like everybody else, I was a bit surprised but the club now have got to get something sorted out pretty quickly,” Gray told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “You don’t want it to be dragging on and not getting anybody in and getting players in before they are ready to come back for pre-season.

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Radrizzani, who recently completed the a full takeover at Leeds, has ambitions of getting the Yorkshire giants back in the Premier League after their long absence.

The Italian businessman will now need someone to get results on the pitch and build on the good work that Monk has set.

Leeds recently finished seventh in the Championship table and were in the play-off spots for large parts of the season, before a dip in form at the back-end of the campaign cost them.

They are now dreaming of a return to the top flight and have some exciting players in their squad, with the likes of Chris Wood and Ronaldo Vieira starring in the Championship.

The new manager will be inheriting a more than capable squad that will be desperate to achieve promotion next season.

In other Leeds news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter after Ben Mansford  confirmed he was leaving the club.

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