By Richard Parks
Garry Monk has looked back on his time at Leeds United and explained how the connection rebuilt between the team and the fans inspired a “ferocious” atmosphere at Elland Road.
Monk resigned from Leeds last summer after failing to agree a deal following talks with Andrea Radrizzani after he took sole control of the club.
The newly-appointed Birmingham City manager was shocked to leave just weeks after steering the club to seventh in the Championship, their highest finish since their Premier League days.
“It was a surprise at the time, especially given the internal talks we were having,” Monk said, as quoted by the Guardian. “But that time is done, there is no bitterness from my side of things towards anything.”
The 38-year-old believes his spell in charge was key to engendering a fresh sense of belief at the club, which helped make Elland Road a fortress as the supporters got on board.
“I had a good experience at Leeds recently, with the same situation; taking a fractured club that is very disconnected across all the boards,” Monk added in the Guardian.
“We managed to pull it into a situation where everything was connected, the fans were right behind the team and there was a connection between the terraces and the team and the team and the terraces. I’ve seen at big clubs, when the terraces are connected with the club, it can be ferocious for away teams.”
Football Insider verdict:
Monk has been heavily criticised by a section of Leeds fans for walking out on the club last May. But the fact of the matter is that he was ludicrously offered only a one-year contract extension after the team’s best campaign for a decade-and-a-half. Subsequent events have showed that United were better off with Monk at the helm than without, as the club’s chances of securing promotion this season are disappearing quickly. It did not work out for the 38-year-old at Middlesbrough, and his middle management speak does grate, but he should still be remembered as the best Leeds manager of the many given a go in the last few years.
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