By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk revealed he has already held discussions with Leeds chiefs about the club’s summer transfer plans.

The new Elland Road manager claimed he was “very impressed” with the squad he has inherited from Steve Evans.

But Monk explained his intention to reinforce the team in the forthcoming transfer window as he prepares for next season.

The 37-year-old was speaking on Thursday afternoon as he was unveiled at a press conference as the new manager of the Yorkshire giants after signing a one-year rolling contract.

This came after Leeds released a statement on Tuesday night to confirm that Steve Evans had become the sixth manager axed by Massimo Cellino in his two-year reign as owner.

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“I’m very impressed with the squad we currently have,” said Monk, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account. “It’s just about adding to that and strengthening the team.”

Asked about summer targets, Monk said: “We have discussed things that need to be done and I’m sure that will come again in the coming weeks.

“My focus is on putting a plan in place to be ready to achieve our targets by the time pre-season starts.”

Monk, whose only managerial job to date has been a 20-month spell in charge of Swansea that ended when he was sacked last December, was appointed less than 48 hours after Evans was sacked.

The 37-year-old revealed on Thursday that he had had a number of conversations with Cellino before the terms of the deal were agreed.

Like Evans, Monk has also been handed a short-term rolling contract, prompting further discussion about Cellino’s lack of long-term planning.

Leeds fans reacted positively to news that their club had secured an emerging manager with a creditable Premier League record, but this was mixed with scepticism about Cellino’s hire-and-fire policy.

In other Leeds news, Newcastle are planning a summer raid of England’s most promising youngsters including the Whites’ most prized asset.