By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has been touted as a possible replacement for Mark Warburton as Rangers manager, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim Leeds boss Monk and out-of-work manager Gary Rowett could be identified as possible replacements for Warburton from down south.
Londoner Warburton parted company with the Gers last week, along with assistant manager David Weir and head of recruitment Frank McParland.
With the Gers now looking for a replacement at Ibrox, Monk could be the manager the 54-time Scottish champions look to fill the void as manager.
The former Swansea boss has continued his reputation as one of the best young managers in the country, taking Leeds to a play-off spot in the Championship.
Sitting in fifth place, Monk has got Leeds fans dreaming of their first Premier League return since their relegation from the top flight back in 2003-04.
It remains to be seen if the former Premier League defender would want to leave the Yorkshire giants.
Former Birmingham boss Rowett is also reportedly on the shortlist.
Rowett was axed at St. Andrews’ following the takeover of a new board that instantly installed Italian boss Gianfranco Zola as the Blues new manager.
Warburton left Rangers in a disappointing third place in the Scottish Premiership, with 27 points separating the Gers from their Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Football Insider verdict:
After masterminding Leeds’ promotion hunt, Monk’s departure would be a massive loss to the former Champions League side. Coming at the worst possible time, Leeds are entering the second half of the season with the view that every game is now a cup final, according to top scorer Chris Wood. Monk has installed a feel-good factor at Elland Road with a free-flowing attacking system that has wowed and excited the terraces in Yorkshire. Bringing in players such as Pontus Jansson, Pablo Hernandez and Eunan O’Kane, Monk has excelled in every part of his management so far and even become Massimo Cellino’s longest-serving manager since the Italian took control of the Yorkshire giants back in the summer of 2014. Although a move to Ibrox for Monk seems unlikely, the Gers would be be bringing in a top manager if they struck a deal with Leeds for Monk.
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