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Garry Monk explains why he chose to join Leeds United

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds United have a new man at the helm after much speculation.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

New Leeds United manager Garry Monk has been speaking to LUTV after he was announced as Steve Evans’ successor at Elland Road.

The 37-year-old has been out of work since leaving Swansea City in December and he brings with him a big reputation and the desire to take Leeds back to the top flight after too long out of the spotlight.

Many observers will be surprised by Monk’s decision, given Leeds owner Massimo Cellino’s decision to part company with so many previous managers, but the ex-Swans boss has explained why he opted to move to the Championship side.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Speaking to LUTV, Monk said, “I’m extremely honoured to be the manager of Leeds United football club. We all know the standing in English football that Leeds has and the history of it and it’s a fantastic day for myself.

“I feel really honoured to be here and really looking forward to the challenge ahead. The initial contact, for the reasons I just mentioned, really made me want to listen to the proposal and come and speak to the club.”

Leeds ended last season in 13th place in the second tier after a fine run of form under Evans.

However, that was not enough to earn him a new contract at Elland Road and now it is up to Monk to guide Leeds back into the top flight.

He certainly understands the reputation and history of the club and with the right signings this summer the sky could be the limit.

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