Jamie Carragher delivers verdict on Leeds boss Garry Monk
By Alex Stevens
Jamie Carragher has hailed the qualities of Garry Monk and claimed Swansea are paying the price for sacking him last year.
Leeds manager Monk guided the Welsh club to their highest-ever Premier League finish of eighth before being sacked just months into last season following a dip in form.
Swansea have subsequently dismissed two more managers, with Francesco Guidolin and Bob Bradley paying the price for poor results, and the club are now seeking yet another boss as they face a major battle to retain their top-flight status.
By contrast, former defender Monk has demonstrated his calibre in his second managerial post at Leeds, who he has steered from mid-table mediocrity to fourth place in the Championship.
The former Champions League club, who have been in the lower leagues for 12 years, have genuine promotion ambitions this season following the transformation effected by Monk.
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Sky Sports pundit Carragher is an admirer of Monk and noted the decline at Swansea following his dismissal.
“I said when Bradley was appointed in October that it was disrespectful that he was being written off before he had taken charge of a game and it was clear some were never going to give him a chance,” wrote Carragher in his weekly Mail column.
“Once he had a bad start it was inevitable Bradley would pay the price. Swansea, though, are paying the price for making a succession of bad decisions over the last 18 months — such as the sacking of Garry Monk and defender Ashley Williams’s sale to Everton.”
Leeds are aiming to maintain their promotion surge next Monday when Yorkshire rivals Rotherham visit Elland Road.
Monk’s team have accumulated a tally of 42 points from 24 Championship matches, although they are 10 points adrift of leaders Newcastle, who beat Nottingham Forest on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Swansea are 20th in the table heading into their pivotal fixture against Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In other Leeds news, this first-teamer will not be at the club next season after falling out with Monk.