Hernandez tells BBC how he felt after Monk quit Leeds
By Harry Sykes
Pablo Hernandez has revealed in an interview with BBC West Yorkshire that it was “not ideal” when Garry Monk quit as Leeds manager in May.
The playmaker was a key member of the team assembled by Monk on a shoestring budget and which overcame the odds to challenge for a promotion before a final-month collapse resulted in a seventh-place finish.
Hernandez was the established No10 under the former manager, scoring six goals and supplying eight assists from 35 league matches in his debut campaign.
Many felt the Spaniard, who signed a 12-month contract extension in May that runs until the end of this season, would slip down the pecking order after new manager Thomas Christiansen sanctioned a massive overhaul which led to a phalanx of attacking midfield arrivals led by Samuel Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski.
But Hernandez has started all five of the team’s league matches this season and has been influential in them securing 11 points to be placed third in the table.
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The former Swansea player, who was at the Premier League club with Monk, revealed on Friday that he is “very happy” under Christiansen, who understands his playing style.
But Hernandez admitted it was not ideal for his mentor Monk to resign in May and join Championship rivals Middlesbrough.
PH says he’s v happy under Christiansen who understands his style.Says it was not ideal for him to see Garry Monk go but he’s content. #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) September 8, 2017
Hernandez will be hoping to keep his position in the Leeds starting XI for Saturday’s home clash against Burton Albion.
Competition for places will be fierce following the deadline day signings of Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki.