By Danny Wright

Former Hull defender Alex Bruce believes that Leeds fans were deal with a “huge kick in the teeth” following Garry Monk’s decision to quit Elland Road and join Yorkshire rivals Middlesbrough.

The 38-year-old former Swansea manager decided to leave the Whites at the end of last season just two days after Andrea Radrizzani gained full control of the club and has since been replaced by Thomas Christiansen.

Bruce, 32, has also said that he feels “sorry” for the Leeds supporters who have yet again had to endure a change in leadership in the dugout.

“I witnessed myself at Wigan towards the back end of last season when Leeds played at the DW [Stadium] and I think the Leeds travelling support, like they always are, were fantastic day and they sang Garry Monk’s name the whole game,” said the ex-Wigan stopper on BBC 5 Live Sport, as shown in a video on this official Twitter account.

“It was obvious they were desperate for him to stay.

“For him to leave and go to rivals in Middlesbrough is a huge kick in the teeth for those Leeds United supporters. For it to happen again, you can only feel sorry for them.”

Leeds have had a very busy summer in terms of making additions on and off the pitch as Christiansen heads into what will be his competitive managerial debut in England on Saturday when his side take on Bolton.

A host of new signings have been made by the Dane, but there are suggestions that he may not be finished yet with it being widely reported that United are still in need of a new centre-back.

Monk failed to help his side finish in the Championship play-off spots last season as they finished in seventh place, but he now takes charge of a Boro side that are one of the front runners for promotion next year.

The Teessiders have spent big in the transfer window this summer by bringing in Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and Darren Randolph.

In other Leeds news, Elland Road icon Eddie Gray has highlighted the major weak-point of the Whites squad and has suggested that this first-team regular isn’t the ideal solution to the problem.

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