Newcastle ace tipped Leeds boss Garry Monk for England manager job at start of last season

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Could Leeds head coach Garry Monk be a future England boss?

Swansea manager Garry MonkSwansea manager Garry Monk

Garry Monk was appointed as new Leeds United head coach last week, and has a huge challenge on his hands to finally get the club promoted to the Premier League.

Fortunately for Leeds, they have appointed one of the country's most promising managers, who performed well at Swansea City, leading them to eighth in the Premier League table, only to be fired the follow year amid a moment of panic from the club's board.

Monk is highly rated, so much so that current Newcastle midfielder and his former Swansea player Jonjo Shelvey made a particularly bold prediction about him last September - that he will be a future England manager.

Speaking to The Mail, Shelvey said: "He loves to have every detail right. We do a lot of meetings off the pitch and he’s always on your case. For me, that’s what I need as a footballer.

"I think he can one day become England manager because he’s got all the abilities.

'It must be hard going from club captain and hearing the banter in the changing room every day then to make that transition as a manager. He’s done that exceptionally well."

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey applauds the fans at the end of the matchNewcastle's Jonjo Shelvey applauds the fans at the end of the match

With Shelvey later sold to Newcastle United - after Monk left the club - he will get a chance to go up against his former manager after the Toon were relegated from the Premier League last month.

Monk's chances of landing the coveted but difficult role certainly dipped after his Swansea exit, and he now has the challenge of restoring his reputation.

Leeds is a difficult place for him to do so given club owner Massimo Cellino's noted impatience, but even a quickfire dismissal would not necessarily reflect badly on Monk - more so the Italian.

If he can take the Whites back up, or even into the promotion picture, then he will have achieved what many more experienced managers have not, and at just 37-years-old, he has plenty of time to put himself in the frame for the Three Lions job, whether he wants it or not.

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