Garry Monk has been appointed the new head coach of Leeds United.
Monk has been appointed as the new Leeds head coach, and he will be expected to make the team competitive enough to challenge for a top-six finish in the Championship next season.
The 2016-17 Championship campaign promises to be one of the most competitive and enthralling in years.
Champions League-winning managers Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez will be in charge of Aston Villa and Newcastle United respectively next season.
Nigel Pearson will also be there as the Derby County boss, and Monk is looking forward to the new season.
“Look at the clubs who are in this league; huge clubs,” Monk told The Yorkshire Post. “There are some top managers in this league and that is exciting as well – to be pitting your wits against some top, top managers.
“But that is what gets the blood going. The challenge of that and everything that goes with it is what you want.”
Monk may not have achieved what Di Matteo and Benitez have in their respectively careers, but he is a very talented and young manager.
The Englishman did quite a good job at Premier League outfit Swansea City, and Leeds fans should be optimistic about the team’s chances of making the playoffs under him next season.
Monk’s comments also suggest that he is not afraid to test himself against the best managers, and they underline just how ambitious he is.