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3rd Jan, 2017 | 10:17am

Forget Jansson and Hernandez: Leeds must prioritise tying this senior figure to long-term deal

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Leeds must hand Garry Monk a new deal this month because they will face competition from Premier League clubs.

Massimo Cellino must make it a priority to hand Monk a contract extension as well as a number of first team stars.

It is crucial that Leeds tie the likes of Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Pablo Hernandez to long-term deals but even more significant is keeping hold of the 37-year-old who patrols the dugout on matchdays.

The Leeds boss has made a huge impact since taking charge at Elland Road in the summer and has guided the team to fifth place in the Championship.

He signed a one-year rolling contract in July but Monk is starting to turn heads as he helps Leeds with their pursuit of promotion to the Premier League.

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Fans have already gone through a period of suspense when Monk was recently linked with the vacant Swansea job and it’s likely his future will be speculated upon further unless Leeds tie the manager down to a long-term deal.

Monk already has experience of managing in the Premier League, when he took over as Swansea boss following an 11-year playing career at the club.

He did a relatively fair job given the circumstances but was controversially sacked in December 2015 before joining Leeds.

A number of Premier League managers are under pressure after a string of poor results and Monk would surely be in the running to take over at the likes of Sunderland, West Ham and Hull.

Monk has made some excellent loan signings and has built one of the best squads in the Championship so it’s crucial Leeds secure his services for the future.

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