Noel Whelan has ripped into Garry Monk for being “too negative” after his Birmingham City side secured a second win of the season against Leeds United today (Saturday).
A Che Adams goal was enough to secure a 1-0 triumph for the Blues at St Andrews to give them home-and-away league triumphs against Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion hopefuls.
The defeat has put a major dent in Leeds’ automatic promotion hopes as they slipped to third in the Championship on a day in which Norwich City and Sheffield both won.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Whelan paid credit to Birmingham but is not a big admirer of the playing style of Monk’s side, who ended the day 17th in the table.
“He is too negative,” Whelan said. “He only wants to stay in games, rather than go all out to win them, as Bielsa does. This current Leeds team goes out to win rather than just to enough to stay in it.
“It gets you on the edge of your seat, and the same can’t be said of Monk’s sides.”
Whelan understands why a significant section of Leeds fans regard Monk unfavourably after he quit at the end of his single campaign at the club.
“There was a contract on the table for him,” he said. “He walked and that was up to him. He did a fantastic job during that season, but I didn’t mind him going.”