Rival manager: This Leeds man brings out the best in them
By Dominic Toner
Norwich manager Alex Neil believes that Garry Monk has improved Leeds since taking charge.
Monk became manager at Elland Road in the summer and has enjoyed a strong start this season.
Leeds are currently 10th in the Championship table and just three points adrift of the play-off positions, with a narrow 1-0 victory against Wolves on Saturday continuing the good run.
The Whites face Norwich on Tuesday night in the EFL Cup fourth-round tie and will be aiming to reach the quarter-finals.
Neil believes that Monk has done a great job at Leeds since he arrived and hailed him as a good coach.
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“If you look at the club – Steve (Evans) went in last season and steadied the ship, and then he left at the end of the season,” Neil said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It’s been quite a common feature for that club to turn over managers, and I think the one thing that they need is a bit of stability.
“Garry will certainly bring out the best in them. He showed how good a coach he is at Swansea, and he’s certainly making them better as their results have proven.”
Leeds edge past Blackburn 1-0 in their last round of the cup, with substitute Chris Wood scoring a late winner.
The 24-year-old striker has been an important player under Monk so far and netted eight goal in his 16 appearances this campaign.
Leeds decided to appoint the inexperienced Monk in the summer, who had only ever managed 61 games as a full-term manager.
The 37-year-old became interim coach at Swansea and eventually landed the permanent role, keeping the club in the Premier League during his stay.
He is now trying to return to the top-flight with Leeds and the club’s supporters are certainly excited about their future with him.
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