This is what Monk will tell Radrizzani when they sit down to talk - reliable journalist
By Harry Sykes
Garry Monk will warn Andrea Radrizzani that the penny-pinching of the past cannot be repeated if Leeds are serious about securing promotion to the Premier League, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay revealed in his weekly column in the newspaper that Monk is set to tell the Elland Road joint-owner in no uncertain terms that the club can’t shop in the bargain basement again this summer.
Leeds operated within relatively tight limits in comparison to many of their play-offs rivals last summer as Monk overhauled the squad on a shoestring budget compared to big spenders like Newcastle and Aston Villa, not to mention Norwich, Derby and Wolves.
The Yorkshire giants mounted an against-the-odds promotion campaign that only failed at the final hurdle as they failed to beat Norwich last weekend to ensure they will finish the Championship season in seventh.
Hay noted how Leeds made a series of impressive signings on short-term deals and loans, including the likes of defensive pair Kyle Bartley and Pontus Jansson.
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“In light of restricted transfer funds and a modest wage bill, their recruitment was exceptional but it will be a challenge to find a Bartley or Jansson in that way again,” reported Hay.
“It will be challenge for Monk to attempt to deliver for a second time without an increase in the playing budget and a few more gambles. He will surely say as much when he and the club sit down to talk.”
Monk is out of contract at the end of the season and there have been reports that Radrizzani, who is set to buy the half-share of fellow owner Massimo Cellino, is planning to appoint a new manager.
Nevertheless, Monk explained on Thursday that he will sit down with the sports media tycoon and other Elland Road officials for talks on Sunday following the final home match of the season against Wigan Athletic.
Those discussions will decide whether the former Swansea manager will return for a second year in the dugout, and could be key to the playing budget available.
In other Leeds United news, the club are set for a massive injection of funds that will completely transform their finances.