Howard Wilkinson: The future looks bright for this Leeds summer addition
By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds boss Howard Wilkinson believes the future looks bright for current manager Garry Monk.
Monk, 38, joined the Yorkshire giants in the summer after Steve Evans was sacked following on from a 13th league finish.
The former Swansea boss has since got the prestigious club fighting for promotion back to the Premier League and with two matches left Leeds are sat in seventh place and three points from sixth.
This has all led Wilkinson, who was at Leeds for eight years between 1988 and 1996 to describe Monk as a “great young manager” and predicted a bright future.
“I think Garry’s a great young manager,” started Wilkinson speaking to Radio Yorkshire.
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“Despite his young age he’s had a lot of experience. Good coach and he’ll have a lot in common with today’s player because he was recently a player as well, so his future looks bright.”
Monk will next lead his side out against Norwich at Elland Road on Saturday and the club will be keen to pick up all three points against the eighth placed side, while Fulham take on Brentford at home.
Leeds will then finish the season away at 23rd placed club Wigan, while the Cottagers will take on Sheffield Wednesday, who are not yet guaranteed a finish in the top six either.
If Monk does manage to take Leeds to a play-off finish then it will be only the second time they will have finished in the top six of the English second tier since suffering relegation from the top-flight in 2004.