By Harry Sykes
Garry Monk is “committed” to Leeds United contract talks despite growing speculation he could quit for one of the club’s Championship rivals, according to a reliable journalist.
Monk has emerged as the odds-on bookmakers’ favourite to be appointed the new Middlesbrough manager following a dramatic drop in his price over the last 24 hours.
Sky Bet priced Monk at 8/11 on Monday morning to take over the reins at the Riverside Stadium after starting the weekend at 20/1.
The 38-year-old has also been linked with Norwich City, who, like Boro, are searching for a new manager after a disappointing campaign.
But Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay dampened the speculation that Monk already has a job lined up as he delivered an update on his forthcoming talks with Leeds joint-owner Andrea Radrizzani.
“Monk still very much committed to contract talks with Leeds,” wrote Hay on his personal Twitter account, adding that discussions will take place after Radrizzani has completed his full takeover of the club.
Garry Monk still very much committed to contract talks with Leeds, despite rumours of Boro/Norwich interest. Talks to follow Radrizzani’s TO
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 22, 2017
The sensational change in odds for the Boro post has sent shockwaves among the Leeds faithful, who are aware that Monk is out of contract next month and has not yet agreed the terms of an extension while the club put the finishing touches to Radrizzani’s taking total control at Elland Road.
Radrizzani claimed a fortnight ago that he was 10-14 days from buying out the half-share of fellow owner Massimo Cellino, but there appear to have been some delays behind the scenes.
The club will need to sort out the future of manager Monk before pressing ahead with summer recruitment plans.
Monk’s reputation was enhanced at Elland Road during the recently-completed Championship season as he transformed the fortunes of the club which had limped to finishes of between 13th and 15th in the five previous years before.
Leeds challenged strongly for promotion before a final-month collapse meant they ended the campaign in seventh in the Championship, one place and five points behind the play-offs positions.
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