Garry Monk responds when asked about Leeds job speculation, makes Cellino admission

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk has admitted that speculation about his Leeds position goes with the territory of such a high profile job.

There have been reports over the last 48 hours that Monk’s role is under growing threat following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield.

The setback at Elland Road was Leeds’ fourth defeat from six league matches this season and has left them languishing third from bottom and in the relegation zone.

Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay subsequently claimed that the club’s Championship clash against Blackburn on Tuesday is a “must-win” match for Monk.

Asked at his pre-match media conference on Monday about the question marks surrounding his position, Monk replied, as quoted by Hay on his personal Twitter account: “That’s the nature of my job but I don’t focus on it. That’s the truth.”

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Monk, who succeeded previous boss Steve Evans in the summer, was tetchy in the aftermath of the west Yorkshire derby when he was asked about what owner Massimo Cellino thought of his spell in charge to date amid growing speculation about his future.

Speaking on Monday, Monk revealed that he was in virtual daily contact with Cellino and that the Italian had been “great” and “very supportive”.

Monk is under fire at Elland Road after taking just four points from his opening six league matches in charge given Cellino’s history of firing the men in the dugout.

During the Italian businessman’s controversial three-year tenure, Leeds have sacked six managers.

“It seems harsh for Garry Monk to have to answer those questions so early in his career,” Hay told the Yorkshire Evening Post in his video verdict of their weekend defeat. “In reality, if you look at the history here, and if you look at previous head coaches, there have been consequences in the past for patches of poor, short-term form.

“There is no denying that Leeds have started the season badly and there is no denying that Massimo Cellino is the sort of owner who sacks coaches when things get out of hand or he feels like things are not moving forward.

“If I’m being brutally honest, I don’t see much difference today between that and some of the poorer performances under previous head coaches.

“It is a concern for Garry Monk and, as he said himself afterwards, Blackburn on Tuesday is a must-win. He’s going to have to start getting points on the board, or this is going to start looking relatively serious for him.”

Leeds face bottom club Blackburn on Tuesday at Elland Road and they will see it as a good opportunity to ignite their season.

In other Leeds news, Monk has dropped a hint about his future transfer activity in the free agent market.