By Will Butcher

Leeds assistant manager Pep Clotet has given manager Garry Monk his full and unequivocal support by describing him as a “brilliant young manager”.

The Yorkshire giants have made a dismal start to the new season, picking up just two wins from seven Championship games fuelling speculation that Monk’s time could soon be up.

Speaking to Sky Sports though, Clotet revealed that he is giving Monk his “maximum support” and that the former Swansea boss, 37, is one of the outstanding emerging managers.

“We have an open dialogue, and we’re open with the rest of the staff too,” Clotet told Sky Sports. “I give him my maximum support and knowledge, and at the same time I get a lot of knowledge from a brilliant young manager.

“The atmosphere in the club is professional, hard-working and focused and we are very positive about the work we have been doing with the squad.”

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Clotet’s defiance will come as welcome relief to Monk, who has been forced to endure widespread reports suggesting that he could be told to pack his bags.

Speculation is continuing to circle after the Times paper edition on Wednesday claimed that Cellino has “grown tired” of Monk and is ready to replace the young manager.

Fuel was added to the fire later on Wednesday after pictures on social media of ex-England boss Steve McClaren at Elland Road.

Former Malaga B manager Clotet and Monk worked together at Premier League outfit Swansea, before Monk was told to leave after a poor run of one top-flight win in 12 games and the club in 17th place.

In other Leeds news, this striker has been surprisingly given the Player of the Month award.