By Harvey Byrne

Manager Garry Monk has wished former assistant Pep Clotet well on Twitter after it was told that he would be leaving Leeds.

The 40-year-old Spaniard joined the Yorkshire giants alongside Monk last summer after the pair had previously worked at Swansea together.

He became a popular figure among fans and was even in the running to be named the next manager after Monk departed before being named Middlesbrough boss.

However, with the appointment of Thomas Christiansen, who wants to bring in his own backroom staff Clotet will now be leaving Leeds, but not to re-link back up with Monk in the north east.

The Barcelona-born senior man paid tribute to Monk via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening, which also brought a response from his former colleague, stating “it’s been a fantastic journey” in a heartfelt message.

Both Monk and Clotet helped Leeds to their highest league placing since 2011 in the last campaign after achieving a seventh placed finish.

However, unlike Clotet, Monk is not as highly regarded within the Yorkshire side’s fan base following his move across to a direct league rival and supporters will be sure to give him a hostile reception when he returns to the Elland Road touchline with Middlesbrough next season.

In other Leeds news, Vinnie Jones has offered his thoughts on Monk’s decision to quit the club.

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