Garry Monk shares update on his Leeds future after Radrizzani besieged
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk revealed on talkSPORT on Tuesday that he has still not opened talks with Leeds chiefs about a new contract.
The manager, who has transformed the fortunes of the Yorkshire giants, gave an update on his situation following his team’s landmark win over second-placed Brighton at the weekend.
Former Swansea boss Monk was appointed by Leeds last June on a one-year contract that is due to expire at the end of the season.
Supporters have urged the Leeds hierarchy, including besieging new joint owner Andrea Radrizzani with messages on Twitter, to tie Monk down to a long-term deal and end any doubt about his future.
The 38-year-old stressed in a radio interview on Tuesday morning that he is confident talks with club chiefs will take place but admitted that his future at the club beyond this summer currently remains up in the air.
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“I’m really focused on this team and these games coming up. I’m sure there will come a point where the club will want to sit down and talk about the future,” Monk told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast programme on talkSPORT.
“I have a contract until the end of the season, and I’m sure we’ll discuss my contract. But there’s plenty of time between now and then and I’m focused on the rest of the season.”
Despite Monk’s apparent lack of concern about his Leeds job security, fans will be concerned at the possibility he could be enticed to another club, including those in the Premiership.
The former centre-back has made a huge impact at Elland Road along with his backroom team of Pep Clotet and James Beattie.
Monk took over the team from Steve Evans last summer after Leeds had finished between 13th and 15th in each of their previous Championship campaigns.
Despite having a shoestring budget compared to the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle, and making a net profit in the transfer market, the manager has taken the side to the verge of the play-offs.
Leeds are fourth in the Championship with a haul of 69 points and have genuine ambitions of returning to the Premier League after 13 years in the lower leagues.
Automatic promotion is a more distant prospect, but Leeds are now eight points adrift of second-placed Brighton after Chris Wood’s two goals inspired them to a 2-0 weekend win.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.