Ex-England striker gives verdict on Leeds transfer business
By Will Butcher
Leeds first-team coach James Beattie has pleaded with fans to be patient with Garry Monk’s new-look squad after the squad’s summer overhaul.
The Championship giants have laboured to just four points from five domestic fixtures so far this season, following 11 new signings and a major overhaul in the coaching setup.
Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds at the opening of the Yorkshire-based outfit’s new club shop, Beattie is adamant that Garry Monk’s side will improve if they are given time.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” Beattie told BBC Radio Leeds. “It’s a slow process but hopefully the fans can see the progress and it’s small steps to producing a great team; they’re a tremendous bunch.
“It’s a work in progress, we’ve done some business in the window and with the group we think we can push forward and get results.”
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Monk’s new-look side have picked up just one domestic win this season, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Hillsborough.
Losses to Birmingham, QPR and Nottingham Forest have piled the pressure on Monk but the five-time England international was full of admiration for the former Swansea boss.
“I’ve got a great boss,” Beattie told BBC Radio Leeds. “He is a good young manager and everything is very meticulous, I just follow orders. I’m tremendously proud to be part of such a big club.”
Beattie moved into coaching after a highly successful playing career that saw him make a total of 498 appearances for the likes of Southampton, Blackburn and Everton, scoring 142 goals.
Leeds host Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield this week as they aim to push themselves up the table, while David Wagner’s side will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table.