Shaun Derry gives two-word verdict on Leeds senior man
By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds player Shaun Derry believes that the club have a “really good” manager in Garry Monk.
The 38-year-old, who is now manager of Cambridge drew the Yorkshire giants in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday evening.
He played for Leeds for three years between 2005 and 2008 and he now believes the club are in good hands.
“No I’m not surprised,” said Derry on BBC Radio Leeds when asked about the current season. “I think they’ve got a really good manger up there. I don’t know Garry in person, but I know a few of his coaching staff and if Garry’s a representation of what his staff are then I think they’ve got a really, really vibrant young, hungry manager up there, who I’m hopeful can take Leeds United back into the Premier League. It’s been a difficult 10 years in the making to where Leeds United currently are in this moment in time.
“It’s a tough league the Championship and it will always be a tough league and it will continue to be so, but for me I just think that it feels right with Garry at the helm and we’re looking forward to meeting him on the weekend of the sixth and the seventh.”
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Leeds have not met Cambridge in a competitive fixture since 1984 in the old Division Two.
However, both clubs are enjoying successful campaigns in their respective leagues.
Derry’s Cambridge outfit are 12th in League Two, but sit just three points away from sixth and a play-off place.
Meanwhile, Leeds under Monk are sat in fourth place, with just two points separating them from third.
If the Yorkshire side finish higher than fifth it will be their best season since their relegation from the Premier League in 2004.
They haven’t finished in the Championship play-offs since 2006, but Monk has seemingly brought some new hope to the club after taking charge in the summer.
The young manager has led his side in 24 matches, resulting in 12 victories, four draws and eight losses.
His Leeds outfit will face a tough Brighton team at the Amex Stadium next in the league on Friday, with the Seagulls currently occupying second place.
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