'Dreadful', 'a joke' - Leeds fans besiege Radrizzani with messages on Twitter after revelation
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans have besieged the club’s joint-owner Andrea Radrizzani with messages on Twitter urging him to sure manager Garry Monk to a new contract.
Monk revealed on Thursday that he has still not opened talks with club chiefs about a fresh deal even though he has taken the team to unexpected heights and they are on course to seal an end-of-season play-off spot.
The 38-year-old signed a 12-month contract when he was appointed manager last June that is due to expire at the end of the season.
Asked why discussions had not started with the Elland Road hierarchy, Monk replied on Thursday at his weekly media briefing: “You’d need to ask the club, I can’t speak for them. I’m focused on football.”
Leeds fans reacted with shock and anger that there has been no progress with talks, and there was a storm of protest as many took to social media to urge Radrizzani to take some action to address the impasse.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@andrearadri Hello Andrea, the fans are very concerned that G, Monks future has not been decided yet..maybe a statement might calm things down. MOT
— julek grant (@julekgrant) April 6, 2017
— kestrel (@BremnersLaces) April 6, 2017
@andrearadri, Mr Radrizzani please recognise Mr Monks & his staff’s excellent season with immediate contact extensions they deserve#LUFC#MOT
— Nomis Norseman (@simonc30) April 6, 2017
@andrearadri what is going on with Monk’s contract? It’s a joke. Uncertainty = failure
— Anthony Hart (@WACCOEhart) April 6, 2017
— Billy (@BillyOwenBland) April 6, 2017
@andrearadri give Monk a new contract what u playing at
— Nathan (@lufc_01) April 6, 2017
The club are playing with fire with Monks contract its almost as if they want him to go Get it sorted before his head is turned @andrearadri
— Dirty Filthy Leeds (@VileAndProud) April 6, 2017
@andrearadri Any chance of sorting Monk’s contract out chief ? That bloke who’s kept a average team in play-offs for half of season.
— Robbo (@Ste_Robbo87) April 6, 2017
Former defender Monk has made a huge impact at Elland Road since taking over a club that had limped to consecutive finishes of between 13th and 15th in each of their previous five Championship campaigns.
Despite having a shoestring budget compared to the likes of big spenders Aston Villa and Newcastle, and making a net profit in the transfer market, the manager has taken the side to the verge of the play-offs.
Leeds have lost their last two league matches but are still fifth in the Championship with a haul of 69 points and have realistic ambitions of returning to the Premier League after 13 years in the lower leagues.
However, the club’s hopes of automatic promotion have all but been extinguished after consecutive defeats against Reading at the Madejski Stadium and Brentford at Griffin Park in the five days.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.