Report details how Monk relationship with Cellino is totally different to ex Leeds managers
By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk has a more distant relationship to Massimo Cellino than many of his predecessors as Leeds manager, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the seventh manager of the three-year Cellino era stays in touch with the controversial owner “far less than some of his predecessors did”.
It is said that the single-minded Monk is insistent on doing the job in a different way to previous managers who failed to meet the Italian’s exacting standards and ended up paying with their positions.
“Cellino, helpfully, seems happy with their relationship and happy to stay at arm’s length, no longer all over the playing side of the club,” the report says. “Questions about the Italian’s mood and support no longer dominate weekly press conference.”
Former Swansea manager Monk, 37, replaced Steve Evans in the Leeds dugout in the summer after the Scot became the sixth head coach to be sacked by Cellino since he took ownership of the club at the start of 2014.
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Evans followed Uwe Rosler, Neil Redfearn, Darko Milanic, Dave Hockaday and Brian McDermott in being given his marching orders by the combustible owner.
Monk was only appointed on a 12-month contract by Leeds but he has made a huge impact after overcoming a difficult start at the helm.
The Yorkshire giants have won five of their last six league matches, and nine out of 13, to climb to fourth in the Championship table.
Monk’s side will narrow the gap on Brighton in the second automatic place to just four points if they can secure their seventh win in eight league fixtures at the Amex Stadium on Friday night.
In other Leeds news, the club are closing in on a £3.6million January signing.