By Russell Edge
Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has said that there will be no sentiment shown from Garry Monk on his first return to Elland Road on Sunday.
The Welsh boss, who spent a year in the dugout with the Whites before leaving over the summer, will see his Middlesbrough side go up against a Leeds side struggling for form in recent weeks, managed by his replacement Thomas Christiansen.
However, while he was well liked by the Whites faithful during his time at the club, Redfearn says supporters can expect to see no emotion from the 38-year-old, insisting he will look to push such thoughts to the back of his mind as he looks to secure a fourth successive victory with Boro.
He told Radio Yorkshire’s LS11 programme: “He’ll try and put all the sentiment and everything to the back of his mind, because he’ll want a professional performance from his team.
“His team’s in a good position at this moment, and he’ll want them to play well.
“He’ll want to get a win, that’s obvious, it’s nice to come back to your old club and get a win.
“He’ll want it to be a good occasion for him and his team. You never want to go to an old club and get beat.”
Monk has helped guide his side into fifth in the Championship table, only three points ahead of Leeds in 10th, who themselves are on a dreadful run of form, having suffered a 3-1 loss to Brentford in their last outing.
They have tasted defeat seven times in their last nine league games, and have plummeted from former league leaders to three points adrift of the play offs and 12 points away from current table toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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