By Danny Wright
Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk has revealed that he never had any intention of being in charge of Leeds United on a long-term basis.
Monk quit Elland Road in May after leading the Yorkshire giants just short of the Championship play-off spots in one of their most impressive seasons since their relegation from the Premier League in 2004.
The ex-Swansea boss left Leeds just days after Andrea Radrizzani took full control of the club and despite being offered a new deal, he decided to walk out and moved further north to take the reins at the recently-relegated Boro.
Now, in an interview with the Telegraph, Monk has suggested that he has not been pleased about the animosity aimed towards him about how he exited the Whites and also revealed that Radrizzani and the board may not have been that keen on keeping him there.
“There has been a lot of negativity [toward me] and I was disappointed to leave Leeds,” Monk said. “I felt we had a fantastic season when you consider what it was when I took over and what it was when we left.
“My intention was to stay, but I had a one-year contract, there were new owners. After the job I’d done and after discussions, there was never a real desire to keep me and I didn’t want to put myself or my staff in that position.”
Monk’s Boro side aren’t performing as well as they would have hoped so far this season and currently sit just 13th in the Championship table despite boasting one of the most expensive attack-forces in second-tier history.
Leeds on the other hand have never looked back after Monk left with Thomas Christiansen and Radrizzani masterminded a major summer overhaul of the club, which has led them to have the most encouraging signs in a decade that a Premier League promotion push is well and truly underway.
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