'Show the man some respect' - Leeds fans besiege Radrizzani on Twitter after revelation
By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans have besieged joint-owner Andrea Radrizzani with Twitter messages urging him to tie Garry Monk down to a new contract.
Monk revealed in an interview on talkSPORT on Tuesday that he has still not opened talks with club chiefs about a fresh deal even though the team are flying high and on course to seal an end-of-season play-off spot.
The 38-year-old signed a 12-month contract when he was appointed manager last June that is due to expire at the end of the season.
“I’m sure there will come a point where the club will want to sit down and talk about the future,” Monk told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast programme on talkSPORT. “I have a contract until the end of the season, and I’m sure we’ll discuss my contract. But there’s plenty of time between now and then and I’m focused on the rest of the season.”
Leeds fans are getting nervous about the prospect of losing Monk, who has transformed the fortunes of the Yorkshire giants during his season at the helm.
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They responded to the manager’s contract update by besieging recently appointed owner Radrizzani, who bought a 50 per cent stake in the club at the end of December, with messages urging him to sort out the situation.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@andrearadri Show Gary some respect and sort out a contract. We’ve waited a long time for this – it is disrespectful, we could lose him!
— Brixham-Seaboat © (@BrixhamSeaboat) March 21, 2017
— Matthew Standish (@Stanners246) March 21, 2017
— Billy (@BillyOwenBland) March 21, 2017
— carl smith (@carlsmith_88) March 21, 2017
— Dave Deane (@Dave_Deane21) March 21, 2017
— Ben Pollard (@BenPollard77) March 21, 2017
Former defender Monk has made a huge impact at Elland Road along with his backroom team of Pep Clotet and James Beattie.
Monk took over the team from Steve Evans last summer after Leeds had finished between 13th and 15th in each of their previous Championship campaigns.
Despite having a shoestring budget compared to the likes of Aston Villa and Newcastle, and making a net profit in the transfer market, the manager has taken the side to the verge of the play-offs.
Leeds are fourth in the Championship with a haul of 69 points and have genuine ambitions of returning to the Premier League after 13 years in the lower leagues.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.