By Alex Stevens
Leeds are reportedly preparing to sack manager Garry Monk – and supporters have taken to Twitter to beg joint-owner Andrea Radrizzani not to do so.
The Sun claim the Yorkshire giants are set to axe Monk and replace him with a foreign boss after suffering promotion heartache on Saturday.
It is said that Leeds joint-owner will shake up the coaching team following the team’s failure to make the end-of-season play-offs.
Leeds drew 3-3 in a thriller against Norwich at Elland Road on Saturday, but will end the campaign in seventh after losing out to Fulham for the final play-offs spot.
Supporters gave Monk a huge ovation in the aftermath of Leeds’ crushing blow on Saturday and there is almost universal demand on social media for him to be handed a long-term deal to replace his current contract, which expires in the summer.
Radrizzani, who bought a 50 per cent stake in the Championship club in December, has a Twitter account from which he occasionally delivers upbeat messages about Leeds or one of his other business concerns.
Fans in their droves have urged Radrizzani not to axe Monk, 38, and instead hand him a lengthy contract that will enable the club to build upon an encouraging campaign.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@andrearadri do what is right and get monks contract sorted ASAP give us fans something to look forward to over the summer
— Christopher Simmons (@simmos25) April 30, 2017
— Lee (@rowley200) April 30, 2017
@andrearadri don’t sack Monk.
— Billy (@ASYOUWEREBHx) April 30, 2017
@andrearadri seriously hope the reports are false. If monk gets the sack there will be uproar with the leeds fans.
— neil bucknall (@BucknallNeil) April 30, 2017
— Rob Haigh (@robhaighcad) April 30, 2017
@andrearadri Give monk a new deal! after the season we’ve had you’re gonna just sack him?! Give him another year with some investment!
— Matt Ensell (@MattEnsell) April 30, 2017
— Chris Carney (@chris_carney3) April 30, 2017
@andrearadri for the love of god DONT SACK MONK. Give him a 3 year deal at least.
— JohnSarcastic (@JohnSarcastic) April 30, 2017
— Vicki (@Vicki2189) April 30, 2017
Monk has transformed the fortunes of the club since taking over a team last summer that had limped to five consecutive finishes of between 13th and 15th in the table.
But Leeds lost four of their final seven matches of the season and won only one of them as they could not maintain the momentum of their strong form earlier in the campaign.
Monk signed a 12-month contract when he was appointed as manager last summer as the successor to Steve Evans.
Leeds co-owner Massimo Cellino has sacked six managers since buying an initial majority stake in the club in January 2014.
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