Report states why Radrizzani is not playing to the crowd on key Leeds issue
By Alex Stevens
New Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is in no doubt about the need to tie Garry Monk down to a new contract, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim Radrizzani “was not playing to the crowd” when he stated in early January that he and fellow owner Massimo Cellino would hold sit-down talks with Monk about keeping him beyond this summer.
It is said there is a genuine desire among the two directors to secure a long-term agreement with the 38-year-old highly rated manager.
Monk’s future has become a growing talking point on the back of Leeds’ transformation this season from mid-table mediocrities to genuine promotion candidates.
The team are well placed to secure a play-off position after consolidating their place in fourth in the Championship, eight clear of seventh place, with a 1-1 midweek draw at Fulham.
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But 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.
The Yorkshire Evening Post explain 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.
But the report adds that there is little chance of the Championship big hitters activating the option unless Monk himself is keen to remain at the club.
Nevertheless, Radrizzani and Cellino are likely to offer the manager a deal which is improved in terms of both salary and length.
Monk is said to be well paid by the standards of Championship bosses, although the report does not divulge any salary details.