Report states how Radrizzanni will address Monk contract dilemma at Leeds
By Alex Stevens
New Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani want to keep Garry Monk as manager beyond this season, according to a report.
The Mail claim Radrizzani and his fellow joint-owner Massimo Cellino “appreciate” how Monk has transformed the team’s fortunes and led their promotion charge.
It is said that club chiefs are “relaxed” about the contract situation of their sought-after manager, who turned 38 on Monday, due to a clause inserted in the 12-month deal he signed when he was appointed last summer.
Monk sent shockwaves through supporters when he revealed at his media briefing last week that his deal expires in the summer and that talks have not begun on a new agreement.
But the Mail report that Leeds have the option of extending the manager’s contract by 12 months, which would keep him at Elland Road until the end of 2017-18.
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Nevertheless, there is a possibility that the former Swansea boss could be handed a lucrative new deal as a reward for the progress the team has made this season.
Monk has steered the side that finished 13th in last season’s Championship to fourth in the table with 11 matches remaining.
Automatic promotion is a distant objective – Leeds are seven points adrift of Brighton in second position – but they are well placed to secure a play-off spot with an eight-point lead over Fulham in eighth.
Coincidentally, Monk’s team face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night as they aim to secure a third consecutive league win.