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2nd Dec, 2016 | 11:28am

Steve Bruce delivers glowing verdict on Garry Monk ahead of Leeds v Aston Villa

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has hailed Leeds boss Gary Monk as a “very bright” and “articulate” manager in a glowing appraisal of his opponent in the dugout this weekend.

The Championship giants meet at Elland Road on Saturday evening as both try to continue their claim for promotion to the top flight this season.

Former Premier League manager Monk took charge of the Yorkshire side during the summer and he has since led them to fifth in the league and with hope of clinching a play-off spot.

Monk is in charge of a club that has had seven managers under the ownership of the much criticised Massimo Cellino since 2013.

Despite the difficult circumstances he is working under, Bruce was full of praise for the 37-year-old ahead of their weekend encounter.

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“I was quietly impressed with how he done at Swansea,” Bruce told his Friday press conference, as posted by the club’s official Facebook Page. “He was unfairly treated, it was his first blip and all of a sudden he was out in his ear which surprised a few of us.

“I am not surprised at all that he has gone into Leeds, he needs to give it a bit of stability, if that’s possible. He is a very bright, articulate, young manager and one to look forward to for the future.

“He’s certainly got Leeds at it, I was really impressed with them at Liverpool the other night and it could have gone either way.

“It will be a tough challenge tomorrow, they are in the top six, big full house and Garry’s done a wonderful job.”

Despite the difficult circumstances he is working under, Bruce was full of praise for the 37-year-old ahead of their weekend encounter.

Former Swansea boss Monk saw his side knocked out of the quarter-final stages of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night when they were beaten 2-0 by Merseyside giants Liverpool.

In the Championship, he has overseen his team win four out of their last five league games as they sit in fifth place with 29 points after 18 fixtures.

Promotion expert Bruce, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo in the Villa Park dugout in October, is currently on a seven game unbeaten run.

His side are four points off a play-off spot and could close the gap on their promotion rivals to just one point with a win on Saturday.

In other Leeds news, David Prutton expects a high scoring game when Garry Monk’s side welcome Villa to Elland Road on Saturday.