New Leeds United boss Garry Monk defends Massimo Cellino, says he is underestimated by many

Swansea manager Garry Monk during the press conference

The new Leeds United manager believes the controversial Italian owner is simply misunderstood.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

New Leeds United manager Garry Monk has told LUTV that owner Massimo Cellino is misunderstood by supporters and media, claiming hat people underestimate his passion for the club and what he is trying to achieve.

Monk was appointed as the Whites new boss on a one-year deal earlier this week after Steve Evans was dismissed, ending a period of over six months out of football following his exit from Swansea City.

The 37-year-old has become the seventh permanent manager of Cellino's regime at Elland Road, with the Italian having attracted widespread controversy for his trigger-happy tendencies with the men he employs in the dugout.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

Cellino has become a hugely unpopular figure amongst Leeds fans for other reasons, such as his failure to follow through on grand promises, his tax fraud allegations in his home country, and his regular meddling in day-to-day affair at the club.

However, Monk has insisted that his new boss is just misunderstood by Whites supporters and is passionate about the club and its future, and says he has been assured that he will have funds available to him to spend this summer if need be.

The former Swans man told LUTV: "People underestimate his ambition for the club and his passion for the club.

Swansea manager Garry Monk during the press conference

"Having those discussions with him, he wants the best for the team and for the club. He knows that if we do need to add, he is more than willing to help out on that department."

Monk arrives with some pedigree despite his short managerial career, having led Swansea in Europe, steered them to survive relegation, and subsequently overseen an eight-placed finish with a club-record top-flight points tally.

However, in South Wales he was working at the club he used to captain and had the blessing of a benevolent chairman and club man Huw Jenkins. Sure to be a huge contrast to his time at the Liberty Stadium, it remains to be seen how he will adapt to working under Cellino.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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