Monk ‘really honoured’ after landing Leeds job

Date published: Thursday 2nd June 2016 10:57

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Garry Monk as the seventh manager of Massimo Cellino’s ownership.

The Championship club have been in talks with Monk since the dismissal of Steve Evans was confirmed earlier this week.

The former Swansea boss has been out of work since leaving the Liberty Stadium in December last year following an 18-month spell in charge.

After signing a one-year rolling contract, Monk told “It feels great to be here. I’m extremely honoured to join Leeds United Football Club – we all know the history of the club and the standing it has in English football.

“I feel really honoured to be here and I’m really looking forward to the challenge ahead. The passion of the fans, the history and the ambition of the owner all ties in with what I wanted to do.

“I want to be challenged and really get my teeth into a big project. That was the underlying factor throughout the whole process and that’s the reason why I’m here today.

“This is definitely the right challenge for me and I’m really happy to be here.”

Leeds owner Cellino added: “I’m very pleased to welcome Garry Monk to Leeds United. Garry is part of a new generation of coaches in England and has a lot of potential to develop, which is something we were targeting for the new season.

“I believe he’s very suited to continuing the growth of our young and improving team. He will bring new strengths and a lot of energy to the squad.

“He was a fighter as a player and now he’s the same as a manager – as we saw when he did very well at Swansea City. I feel he can really bring the best out of the team.

“It is a big challenge but Garry is very determined and he trusts himself with this job – he really wanted to come here. That is something which has impressed me a lot.

“We have chosen to take on the challenge together and we are focused on achieving our goals in the new season.”

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson and Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke had already turned down the role before Leeds turned to Monk.

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