Leeds United find their man in Garry Monkby Jack Kitson / 02 June 2016, 10:56Tweet
Leeds United have appointed Garry Monk as their new head coach, with the former Swansea boss signing a one-year contract with the Yorkshire club.
In the process Monk remarkably becomes the seventh gaffer to work under controversial owner Massimo Cellino, replacing the sacked Steve Evans in the dugout.
Prior to the appointment of Monk Leeds had endured a torrid time in their behind-the-back (of Evans) search for a new manager, suffering rejection at the hands of both Karl Robinson and Darrell Clarke.
However, the Yorkshire club have now struck gold at the third time of asking with the highly-rated Monk, who returns to the managerial arena for the first time since losing his job at Swansea back in December.
During his time in charge of the Swans Monk led the Welsh outfit to their highest ever Premier League finish (8th) with a record points tally (56), back in the 2014/15 season.
But last season the young manager, 37, was sent packing towards the end of the year after registering just one win in 11 games, a decision many thought was a harsh one given the impact he'd made at the Liberty Stadium.
Monk is undoubtedly a cracking appointment for Leeds, however the trigger-happy nature of Cellino - who has already fired six managers at Elland Road - will of course raise a flurry of fears...
Monk to Leeds reaction:
Garry Monk actually said yes!!! Maybe the wheel is finally turning. Get in! #MOT— Ben Mallis (@BenMallis) June 2, 2016
Can't be many complaints with the appointment of Garry Monk. Exactly what the club should have been looking for. Fingers crossed he sticks.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 2, 2016