Leeds owner Massimo Cellino
Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of former Swansea City boss Garry Monk as their new manager, penning a rolling one-year contract.
Monk, 37, was thrust into management back in 2014 after Michael Laudrup's departure from Swansea City, and after keeping the Swans in the Premier League, the former defender was handed the job on a full-time basis.
Ex-Swansea manager Garry Monk
With an eight-placed finish in the Premier League in 2014/15, Monk became one of England's top young managers - but things went badly wrong for him this past season, and he was sacked back in December.
Still considered to have a bright future in management, Monk is now back in the game with Leeds United, a move which represents a huge coup for Leeds considering their recent managerial history.
nder the stewardship of Massimo Cellino, Leeds have gone through six managers in two years, with Monk now hoping for a better stay under Cellino than Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn, Uwe Rosler and Steve Evans before him.
After an ambitious appointment, Leeds chairman Cellino spoke to the club's official website about Monk, and suggested he always wanted to land a bright young English manager.
Former Swansea boss Garry Monk
Cellino added that Monk's desire to manage Leeds 'impressed him a lot', whilst he noted that Monk was a fighter as a player and as a manager, with some high hopes for the new Championship season.
"I’m very pleased to welcome Garry Monk to Leeds United," said Cellino. "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," he added.
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