Garry Monk praises Massimo Cellino after Leeds appointment

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Garry Monk says Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has impressed him.

Swansea manager Garry MonkSwansea manager Garry Monk

Garry Monk has told Leeds United TV he has been left impressed by club owner Massimo Cellino.

Monk was hired in place of Steve Evans, signing a 12 month contract.

Speaking to the club's TV channel after his appointment, Monk only had positive comments to make about the controversial Italian chairman.

He said: "Speaking to the owner, seeing his knowledge, and his passion for this club, the ambition he has, it ties in with what I want to do, I want to be challenged.

"I want to take something which is a big project, and really get my teeth into it."

Leeds United Chairman Massimo CellinoLeeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

Monk certainly has a challenge at Leeds, a club where more experienced managers than he have tried and failed, with Cellino already onto his seventh boss during his time as club owner.

The former Swansea City boss is onto just his second job in management, but already has Premier League experience, having led his former side to an eighth place finish in 2014/15.

He can also boast promotion on his CV, being the Swansea club captain when they rose through the play-offs in 2010/11 under manager Brendan Rodgers.

Swansea manager Garry MonkSwansea manager Garry Monk

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