Confirmed: Leeds seal double deal after paperwork finalised

By Tom Blackburn

Leeds have announced the arrival of two new backroom staff to work under Garry Monk, it was announced on Monday.

Pep Clotet will become assistant manager and Darryl Flahavan will take the role of goalkeeping coach after recently calling time on his 20-year career.

Clotet, 39, was assistant manager at Swansea for two years between 2013 and 2015 and left the club along with Monk when the former centre-back was sacked last December.

Controversial owner Massimo Cellino announced Monk as the latest Leeds manager after sacking Steve Evans, having deemed a 13th place finish last season as not good enough.

Cellino has a reputation for being ruthless with his managers, and Monk is the seventh man to take charge since 2013.

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Two weeks ago Leeds’ new boss admitted Barcelona-born Clotet would be crucial to his future success in the Elland Road job and suggested last week the deal was virtually secured.

“Pep is definitely one of them and hopefully that will come or be finalised over the next few days,” said Monk at the time, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I have had an incredible relationship with him.”

In contrast to Clotet’s growing experience, Flahavan is taking up his first coaching role.

The 37-year-old has over 400 Football League appearances to his name and only retired as a player with Crawley Town last season.

Flahaven spent a short loan spell with the Yorkshire giants in 2009, and his long career also included time at Southampton, Southend United – from where he was loaned to Elland Road – Crystal Palace, Portsmouth and Bournemouth.

In other Leeds news, they have made a prolific young goalscorer their latest target.