Date: 3rd November 2016 at 12:54pm
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By Will Butcher

Former Leeds striker Michael Bridges has revealed his old side are where they are now because of Garry Monk and James Beattie’s guidance.

Leeds currently sit just one point away from the Championship playoffs in ninth place, as they travel to face high flying Norwich on Saturday for the second time in 10 days.

Responding to a fan on his personal Twitter account, Bridges revealed that under Monk and Beattie’s guidance, Leeds fans can start dreaming of a return to the Premier League.

Both manager Monk and first-team coach Beattie joined Leeds, along with assistant manager Pep Clotet, back in the summer after working together at Swansea.

Monk replaced outgoing boss Steve Evans, as Massimo Cellino decided to axe his seventh manager in just three years.

The talented young manager opted to bring his Swansea coaching staff with him in Clotet and Beattie, and it looks to have paid off as Leeds close in on a playoff place.

A win on Saturday against Alex Neil’s Canaries could see Leeds move as high as fifth, leapfrogging Lee Johnson’s Bristol City and Jaap Stam’s Reading in the playoff places.

However, a win against the former Premier League side will be a tall order as Norwich currently sit in fourth in the Championship table.

Bridges, who also had spells with Sunderland and Newcastle, is now a sports pundit for Australia’s Premier League channel Optus Sport.

The former striker endured an injury-ridden career at Elland Road, making just 75 appearances and scoring 21 goals in his five-year spell in Yorkshire.

In other Leeds news, another former Leeds star has given his thoughts on a sellout crowd against Newcastle.