Monk sends message to Cellino amid claims he is fighting for his Leeds job
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has insisted that he needs time to build something at Leeds amid claims he is in danger of fighting for his job.
Daily Mirror reporter David Anderson claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night that only a late goal in the club’s EFL Cup win against Fleetwood last week stopped Massimo Cellino from sacking the former Swansea manager after just two games into his tenure.
The stunning bombshell from the experienced Mirror northern correspondent also states that the Leeds owner was also “losing confidence” in Monk.
Cellino was ready to sack Monk before Antonsson's late goal against Fleetwood saved them and is losing confidence in the ex-Swans boss.
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) August 18, 2016
Leeds subsequently secured their first Championship win of the season at the fourth attempt when they beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 in the Yorkshire derby on Saturday.
Monk insisted he is not under any pressure after securing his first win at the club and sent the message to Cellino that he needed time to integrate the 10 new signings into the playing style he wants to put in place at Elland Road.
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“I’m not under any pressure at all, I have a one-year contract,” the former Swansea manager told BBC Radio Leeds, as quoted by the BBC Sport website. “My plan is not an overnight plan, we’re not miracle workers here.”
“We’ve assembled a brand new squad, we’re at the start of something new and you can see with the players how much they believe in it.
“It’s a long process. We will have ups and downs but what’s important is that we have time with this group.
“You can see within time the potential we have to be even better than what you saw today.”
Monk was only hired this summer following the dismissal of Steve Evans, as Cellino made his latest attempt to hire a manager who can lead a charge into the Premier League.
Cellino has become famed for his lack of patience with managers, and Monk is his seventh at the club since his takeover in January 2014.
Despite the owner’s apparent dissatisfaction, Monk has been given the opportunity to be active in the market this summer and as he looks to continue his Elland Road revolution – with the joint goal of returning the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.
Monk has made 10 signings so far, bringing in Luke Ayling, Rob Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez in addition to Liam Bridcutt and Pontus Jansson this week.
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