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Kenny Burns: Nottingham Forest should have signed this Leeds man

By Amir Mir

Kenny Burns believes Nottingham Forest should have appointed Leeds manager Garry Monk as their boss following the departure of Philippe Montanier.

Frenchman Montanier was relieved of his duties at City ground earlier this month, despite joining the club six months ago.

Both Monk and Montanier took their respective posts in the summer and the duo have had polar opposite seasons.

The Whites are battling for promotion to the Premier League this term, while Forest are fighting relegation.

Former defender Burns stated what he likes about Monk and why he would have the Leeds senior man at the City ground.

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“Leeds did very well getting Monk,” Burns told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “From a Forest point of view, when the last manager (Montanier) was in trouble and people were talking about replacements, Monk was the type of guy I wanted.

“He’d have been my choice, not that he’d be hurrying to leave Leeds. He’s young, he’s a British coach and he’s got that squad on a roll. I like him a lot.”

Monk, who played at centre-back during his playing career, managed Welsh outfit Swansea in the Premier League.

He guided the club to their highest ever finish in the top tier during his first season in charge before being sacked in the following campaign.

Forest travel to Yorkshire on Wednesday night to take on Leeds in a mouth-watering Championship fixture.

The last time these two met was in August with Montanier’s side picking up all three points in a 3-1 win.

Now, caretaker boss, Gary Brazil is in charge of the Midlands club as he has the task of guiding his team past their tricky midweek opponents.

In other Leeds news, Garry Monk has posted this Twitter message ahead of the clash against Nottingham Forest.

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