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Swansea manager Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)

Leeds United assistant Pep Clotet has spent time studying Barcelona and takes inspiration from Johan Cruyff.

Swansea manager Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)Swansea manager Garry Monk and assistant manager Josep Clotet (L)

Leeds United's new head coaching team of Garry Monk and assistant Pep Clotet are one of the most intriguing in the Championship.

Monk is one of the most highly rated young managers in English football after an impressive start to his career with Swansea City, while Clotet is in his own right highly regarded.

Clotet has his own tactics column for Spanish newspaper Marca, and has worked under former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga, where he managed the reserve team.

Speaking to Swansea's official website in 2014, he explained that he was inspired particularly by Barcelona and the late Johan Cruyff.

SP/AAJohan Cruyff coaching Barcelona's 'Dream Team'

He said: “The biggest impact for me was what Johan Cruyff did with Barcelona. Like with everything in life, until someone achieves something, it is considered impossible.

“For example, Cruyff said he was going to play without a striker and play one-touch football, which everyone thought was impossible. But he did it and it turned out very well.

“Also, when I was studying in Barcelona, I watched a lot of training sessions when Louis van Gaal took over – maybe about 160 sessions.

“Cruyff was all about the speed of the ball and the speed of moving it around, while van Gaal was focused on finding the free man when in possession.

“It was about the balance of the team and having an extra man in different areas of the pitch. It was unbelievable to analyse and incredible to watch on the pitch.”

General view as the players line up and fans with a tribute to Johan Cruyff before the gameGeneral view as the players line up and fans with a tribute to Johan Cruyff before the game

Monk and Clotet kept up Swansea's reputation for playing positive, attacking football, and enjoyed momentary success, leading the club to an eighth place finish in the Premier League.

Clotet's appointment was praised by Spanish football pundit Guillem Balague, who took to Twitter to comment, before Clotet responded.

The duo are not likely to suddenly change their approach in the Championship, although they cannot afford to be naive as a certain level of pragmatism is required in a gruelling 46 games season.

Yet they could develop Leeds into becoming one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Championship if they are allowed to bring in their own players, and bring on talented youngsters like Lewis Cook.

Better players are the key for Clotet to develop his strategy, and if they can land them, fans should be full of optimism about what he and Monk have planned for the season ahead.

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