Leeds fans besiege Radrizzani with messages urging him to sign up proven performer
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans have besieged Andrea Radrizzani with Twitter messages urging him to tie Garry Monk down to a long-term contract.
Manager Monk has admitted in the last week that his current deal ends in the summer and talks have not begun on a new agreement.
The former Swansea boss, 38, delivered the same message at his weekly media briefing on Thursday, although he explained it would be “selfish” to discuss the issue in any detail.
Monk’s admission about the lack of activity behind the scenes has prompted concern among a fanbase who have been so impressed by the transformation of the team since he was appointed manager.
Appointed as the replacement for Steve Evans last summer, he took over a side that finished 13th in the league and, on a shoestring budget, has established them as genuine promotion candidates.
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Leeds are fourth in the Championship, eight points clear of seventh position, ahead of their home clash against QPR on Saturday.
Supporters are unanimous that Radrizzani should pull out all the stops to tie Monk down to a new agreement.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Gary Monk needs a long term contract. Surely the man doesn’t need to do anything else to prove himself @andrearadri
— Halifax Whites (@HalifaxWhites) March 9, 2017
@andrearadri if someone is performing well in your business you do all you can to retain them, no? Why not the same with Garry Monk?
— Anthony Hart (@WACCOEhart) March 9, 2017
@andrearadri when you get back get Gary monk signed up or we will lose him
— Tim Greene (@gree61023132) March 9, 2017
— Pontus Jansson’s hat (@mcurr01) March 8, 2017
— Allan Howe (@allan_howe) March 8, 2017
— Gary Morris (@LufcMorris) March 7, 2017
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Radrizzani “was not playing to the crowd” when he stated in early January that he and fellow owner Massimo Cellino would hold sit-down talks with Monk about keeping him beyond this summer.
It is said there is a genuine desire among the two directors to secure a long-term agreement with the 38-year-old highly rated manager.
The Yorkshire Evening Post explain that Leeds have the option of extending the manager’s contract by 12 months, which would keep him at Elland Road until the end of 2017-18.
But the report adds that there is little chance of the Championship big hitters activating the option unless Monk himself is keen to remain at the club.
Nevertheless, Radrizzani and Cellino are likely to offer the manager a deal which is improved in terms of both salary and length.