Garry Monk was given a 12-month deal as Leeds United manager
The former Swansea City boss was named as Steve Evans's successor at Elland Road on Thursday, becoming the seventh manager in Massimo Cellino's ruthless two-year spell as Leeds owner.
At 37, Monk was not the oldest of the candidates reportedly sounded out by Cellino for the role, nor the most experienced, with his managerial career spanning less than two years following his sacking by Swansea in December.
But Gray suggests that the young manager has more than enough enthusiasm and self belief to perhaps compensate for his inexperience.
"The thing that struck me was his enthusiasm for the game and his confidence in his own ability," he said via Leeds United's official YouTube page.
"I think he'll bring a lot to Leeds United and Leeds United will do a lot for Garry."
By virtue of the fact that Evans - who only replaced Uwe Rosler in October - was fired despite achieving his remit of steering relegation-threatened Leeds to a comfortable mid-table finish, Monk will know that the demands are sky-high.
Failure to get the club promoted next season and the 37-year-old will almost certainly be out of the job, if previous precedents are anything to go by.