By Matt Farr
Ex-Leeds United boss Garry Monk is set to return to Elland Road for the first time since his departure on November 18, and fans on Twitter are relishing the occasion.
The Yorkshire-club released their fixtures for the upcoming 2017-18 Championship campaign on their official website on Wednesday morning, and fans were quick to track down their reunion with their former chief.
Monk will take up arms at rivals Middlesbrough for the new season, having resigned from his post at Elland Road at the end of May.
The 38-year-old had been locked in talks with United owner Andrea Radrizzani over a new 12-month extension to his contract at the club, which was set to expire this summer.
However, Monk shocked the club and its fans by withdrawing from talks and stepping down from his post, just one year into the job.
But Monk’s recent move to Middlesbrough has not sat at well with Leeds fans, and they have taken to Twitter to unleash their fury once more.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Rochdale Pete (@pete67_LUFC) June 21, 2017
Middlesbrough home. 29k in. Sky Sports. Monk booed. Tight game. Late Wood winner #lufc
— Lee B (@LeeB_LUFC) June 21, 2017
…and we will have an appropriate reception waiting for him…..
— Carpediem55 (@marktenjag) June 21, 2017
If he's still in a job by then!!
— 🏴Out means Out🏴 (@Gotti_LUFC) June 21, 2017
— John Redmond (@JrlufcJohn) June 21, 2017
hope we don't make it the "Gary monk" show upon his return. Yeah! give him abuse if we're in a comfortable lead. Get behind lufc not snake!🐉
— WiGFELLAS (@SimonWhitney2) June 21, 2017
Leeds finished seventh in the Championship under Monk last season, and new manager Thomas Christiansen will be expected to build on their efforts and mount another promotion challenge.
They have been handed a favourable fixture on the opening day of the season (Sunday August 6), certainly in the eyes of Leeds fans, with a trip to newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers.
The two fixtures against Monk’s Middlesbrough, meanwhile, are scheduled for Saturday November 18, and then Saturday March 3 at the Riverside.
Their season comes to a close on Sunday May 6 with a visit from Queens Park Rangers.
In other Leeds United news, Monk has sent this heartfelt message to Pep Clotet after his former Leeds assistant quit the club.