David Prutton comments on whether former club Leeds could make play-offs, discusses Monk and Cellino

David Prutton  - Leeds United

David Prutton thinks Leeds could make a run for the play-offs if Garry Monk is given time to succeed.

David Prutton  - Leeds UnitedDavid Prutton - Leeds United

Former Leeds United midfielder David Prutton has told Radio Yorkshire that he thinks Leeds could mount a push for the play-offs - but manager Garry Monk needs time.

Monk, 37 was appointed as Leeds' new manager earlier this month, and is seen as quite the coup for the Whites after two years of chaos under owner Massimo Cellino.

The Italian chose to remove Steve Evans as manager last month, with the Scot joining Brian McDermot, Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler in being sacked by trigger-happy Cellino.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

This time, there's an air of optimism surrounding the new Leeds manager. Monk guided Swansea City to an eighth-place finish in the 2014/15 Premier League season, and whilst he lost his job with the Welsh side in December, he's still considered to be one of the top young English managers around.

Now, Monk faces his biggest challenge yet, as he will be looking to turn around a Leeds side which has been underwhelming for far too long, with fans even looking to sneak towards the play-off places next season.

Ahead of the new Championship season, former Leeds United midfielder and current Sky Sports Football League pundit David Prutton has been speaking to Radio Yorkshire about his former club.

Leeds United's David Prutton (L) and Neil Barrett of York City in action

Prutton - who briefly played alongside Monk at Southampton - says that he thinks Leeds is a fantastic opportunity for Monk, but acknowledged that Cellino must give him time to succeed, rather than sack him quickly as he has with previous Leeds managers.

Prutton was then asked whether he thinks Leeds can make a charge for a top six place next season, and he responded by saying that there's no reason why they can't - but suggested Cellino must oversee fundamental changes at Elland Road to make this coming season 'very, very great'.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

"I think it's a fantastic opportunity for him," said Prutton. "The thing that I'm conscious of for him is that I sincerely hope - not just because I've got a lot of time for him as a person but also as a manager - I sincerely hope that he's going to have the time and the means to do it as much of his way as he can."

"If you are an optimistic and you look at Garry Monk and how he goes about his job, then you would say he will get time. If you are a pessimist, you would look at the track record of the owner and the managers that have come and gone, and you would be very very mindful."

"I think so, yeah," he added when asked whether Leeds could achieve a play-off place. "I don't see any reason why not. I think Newcastle are going to be quite a tough team to try and play against purely because of the feel-good factor with Benitez staying. It needs fundamental changes, whether that means the man at the top is prepared to do that and prepared to accommodate what could possibly be a very, very great season remains to be seen."

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