Yesterday, Leeds United confirmed the appointment of former Swansea City boss Garry Monk as the club’s latest manager. The 37-year-old signed a one-year rolling contract at Elland Road to replace Steve Evans, who left his position on Tuesday.
Monk takes charge of the Yorkshire outfit following a brief spell away from management, before which he spent 18 months coaching in the Premier League with Swansea – the club at which he spent 10 years as a player.
This is a huge junction in the career of the young manager, who enjoyed a fruitful spell at the Liberty Stadium before the final few months of his stay. Ultimately, many of the club’s fans were outraged to see one of their own given the sack so quickly.
Nonetheless, Monk will now be tasked with attempting to lead the club back to the top flight of English football for the first time since they were relegated 2004 – a challenge that has beset several big personalities before him.
Indeed, Controversial Italian owner Cellino has been through six different managers since buying Leeds in 2014, with Monk the seventh after Steve Evans’ seven-month spell came to an end earlier this week.
From 77 fixtures in charge at Swansea, Garry Monk savoured victory in 28 games, earning him a win percentage rate of 36.36% – a respectable win ratio for a club battling in the bottom half of the Premier League.
If this is compared to the win rate of his predecessors at Elland Road, he is only narrowly eclipsed by Steve Evans and Brian McDermott, who won recorded a 36.84% and 38.18% win rate, respectively.
If he can bring his proven ability at man-managing players to the Championship, Monk could be the man to achieve success at Leeds after so many years of disappointment for the club’s fans.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news of Monk’s appointment:
Monk, himself, certainly seems up for the challenge:
— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk) June 2, 2016
Most saw the appointment of the English manager as a positive step – providing he is left to fulfill his role:
— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) 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
@GarryMonk Welcome to the Madhouse Garry. Hope you get the time and investment to put your plans into action. Marching On Together…
— Lyndon Henstridge (@LyndonHz) June 2, 2016
— gary phillips (@garyphillips00) June 2, 2016
Others, however, were less optimistic:
So Garry Monk in talks.with Leeds. Personally can't see anyone moving the club forward with current ownership.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) June 1, 2016
DONT WORRY GARRY MONK YOU WONT LAST LONG AS LEEDS MANAGER CELLINO WILL SACK YOU IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS I CAN SEE IT
— Zachary Bastiani (@ZACHARYBASTIANI) June 2, 2016
Many recognised the affect Monk could have on the club’s young stars:
Cook will go to another level under the stewardship of @GarryMonk
— Armo ??? (@Jordan_Armo) June 2, 2016
Just realised Garry Monk will turn Liam Cooper into John Terry, goodnight.
— Matthew (@Matt_EarthPro) June 2, 2016
— Rich (@sam_r14) June 2, 2016
Some were left still feeling sorry for poor old Steve Evans:
Happy with Garry monk in charge. Still feel for Steve Evans though. One thing I must say, that monk is a sharp looking geezer eh! #lufc
— Ryan (@ryaaaan1993) June 2, 2016
But, most importantly, several were quick to warn Monk of the club’s expectant supporters:
— Leeds Fan #lufc (@LeedsFanz) June 2, 2016
@GarryMonk Welcome to Elland road , you'll never get a group of 25,000 plus home 6,000 plus travelling supporters like us.do us proud – MOT
— iano (@senioriano) June 2, 2016
— The Scratching Shed (@TSSLUFC) June 2, 2016
Mute LeedsFanz, you won't regret it @GarryMonk
— Tom Mellor (@MellorFootball) June 2, 2016
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