By Will Butcher
Danny Mills believes Leeds missed out on a Championship play-off position because Garry Monk’s squad lacks experience.
The Yorkshire giants missed out on a place in the top six after a dismal run of form towards the end of the season that saw them win only once in their last eight outings.
Former Leeds defender Mills told Alan Brazil’s sports breakfast show on Thursday (6am) that other than Rob Green, Monk’s side lack any kind of experience.
Mills did heap praise on 38-year-old manager Monk, with his contract set to expire in less than two months’ time at Elland Road, despite a strong first season.
“His contract is up, but I think he has done exceptionally well,” Mills said.
“He was a young manager and was close to the sack earlier in the season, but I think new owners have been in there for six months and they just ran out of steam.
“It’s a young squad, other than Rob Green Leeds do not have anyone above 25, and they ran out of steam and confidence. When you get on that slide it’s difficult to pick it up.”
Leeds had been in the Championship play-offs for around five months, but finally dropped out in April as they peaked too early.
It leaves Reading, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham to battle it out for a place in the Premier League next season, joining Brighton and Newcastle in gaining promotion.
Monk is set to be active in the upcoming transfer window, and could look to add experience to his side following Mills’ comments that Leeds have a young squad.
Mills, 39, spent five years at Elland Road between 1999 and 2004, making 141 league and cup appearances before moving on to Premier League rivals Manchester City.