Report: Monk wants 39-year-old as Leeds assistant despite Cellino plan

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds' Italian owner had hoped to pair Monk with Barnsley number 2, Tommy Wright.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoCellino has been told that Monk wants his own man, a report claims

Garry Monk has insisted on hiring former Swansea City assistant Pep Clotet as his Leeds United number 2, according to a report in Thursday's Sun newspaper (page 57).

The report claims that Whites owner Massimo Cellino had hoped to pair Monk with the club's former winger Tommy Wright, who is currently employed by Barnsley.

However, Monk is said to have insisted on a reunion with Clotet before agreeing to replace Steve Evans at Elland Road.

Swansea manager Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)Monk is said to want a reunion with Clotet at Elland Road

The 39-year-old, who worked at a number of clubs in Spain and Scandinavia before being hired as Swansea's academy consultant, is highly regarded within the game and was a reported manager target for Leeds' Championship rivals Brentford and Nottingham Forest earlier in the campaign.

In May 2014, six months after his arrival in South Wales, Clotet was promoted to the role of Monk's assistant, after the 37-year-old had taken permanent charge of the Jacks.

Swansea manager Garry MonkMonk was regarded as one of the country's most promising bosses at Swansea

And the Spaniard followed Monk out of the Liberty Stadium door last December.

Wright, who played for Leeds between 1982 and 1986, is a reported target for former boss Lee Johnson at Bristol City, having helped Barnsley to promotion alongside interim manager Paul Heckingbottom.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom and assistant manager Tommy Wright celebrate with the trophy  after winning the Sky Bet Football League One Play-Off FinalWright, seen here (R) holding the League One play-off trophy aloft, was wanted by Cellino, a report claims

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