Report: Radrizzani to hand Monk new Leeds deal provided this major condition agreed
By Harry Sykes
Andrea Radrizzani is ready to offer Garry Monk a new Leeds contract provided they can agree on a plan for how to secure promotion next season, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the Championship big hitters are ready to open talks with Monk earlier than expected as Radrizzani closes in on a full takeover of the club.
It is said that the sports media rights tycoon is locked in talks with fellow joint owner Massimo Cellino about taking 100 per cent control of Leeds.
The Yorkshire Evening Post report that the transfer of full ownership to Radrizzani will then clear the way for him to address the situation of the manager’s position.
Talks are set to take place with Monk ahead of this weekend’s Championship clash at Wigan, the final match of the team’s 46-game campaign.
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Leeds, who have an option to renew the 38-year-old’s existing 12-month deal for another year, are expected by the Yorkshire Evening Post to make Monk the offer of a longer contract “provided he and Radrizzani can agree on a strategy for the 2017-18 season”.
This major condition would appear to mean the pair must settle recruitment and budget plans, as well as the composition of the backroom staff.
Monk had said last week that discussions with Elland Road powerbrokers about his position were not scheduled to take place until June.
However, the end of Leeds’ promotion dream, which came when they failed to beat Norwich at home last weekend, means that Radrizzani’s buy-out plan has been accelerated.
A full takeover will end the controversial reign of Cellino, who has been in charge for three-and-a-half stormy years.
In other Leeds United news, the deal is all but done for the club to complete the transfer of an experienced Premier League man from West Ham.