By Russell Edge
Former Leeds United manager Garry Monk has blasted the club after being accused of showing a lack of loyalty during contract negotiations during the summer.
The Welsh manager joined the Whites back in June 2016, having been sacked from former club Swansea City, and was handed a one-year contract to replace Steve Evans in the dugout.
After what was a predominantly bright campaign, a disappointing run of form at the end of the season meant that Leeds had to settle for seventh place in the Championship, missing out on a play off spot by one place.
While it looked likely Monk would commit to a contract extension following the expiry of his original deal, negotiations ended with him resigning from his post, eventually taking over at a Middlesbrough side relegated from the Premier League into the second tier.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds’ managing director Angus Kinnear said of his departure: “Garry for the majority of last season did a great job but since he made it clear that he didn’t see his future at Leeds United.”
However, Monk has fought back against the allegations made by Kinnear, insisting that he was fully committed to the club and that he wanted to remain at Elland Road, but a lack of long term planning meant he felt he had to leave.
Speaking on BBC Radio Tees, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “Did I expect to be at Leeds and stay at Leeds? Of course I did.
“I expected to be there longer than one season. I wanted to and I prepared for being there for longer than last season.
“The aim was to take it into this season and have a crack at the automatic positions. There was no real intention to offer me that so the decision was made. I left Leeds United.”
Monk will have the chance to get one over his former side when he takes Middlesbrough to Elland Road on Sunday in what will be his first return to the club.
In other Leeds United news, a journalist has revealed why the club missed out on snapping up a top prospect over summer.