Garry Monk admits delight at completing Leeds United staff with James Beattie appointment

Swansea manager Garry Monk during the press conference

Beattie has moved from Swansea City to Leeds to become first-team coach.

Swansea manager Garry MonkSwansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds United manager Garry Monk has told the club's official website that he is delighted to have completed his backroom staff with the addition of first-team coach James Beattie.

Monk had already brought his assistant from Swansea City, Pep Clotet, from Liberty Stadium and has now added former England striker Beattie to his staff.

The move to add the 38-year-old was received well by Leeds fans after it was announced by the club, with Whites supporters beginning to feel positive about what the new regime at the club may hold in store.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk and first team coach James Beattie

Monk is also feeling optimistic, and admitted to the club's website that he is pleased to have completed his backroom staff early on in the summer to give the club the best possible foundation for pre-season and the upcoming campaign.

The former centre-back said: "We’re complete staff-wise and that’s good. It’s important to try and get it settled as early as possible so that everyone knows their role, their jobs and how to deliver the plan that I have. It’s all set up now – I’ve got the first-team staff set up in the way that I want and ready to work.


"The guys that I’ve brought in with me have that experience of working with me and understanding what I demand. It’s important to have those relationships. The staff that were already here have also been great and I think we’ve moulded a very good first-team coaching set up.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

"Everyone is on the same page and everyone understands what I’m looking for. We’re all ready to try and deliver. It’s not just the players who we want to have a real spirit when they work - the staff need that togetherness as well."

Beattie will bring a vast wealth of experience from his playing career to his new role, having made nearly 500 appearances in English football, and also has coaching nous from his time as manager of Accrington and from his backroom role at Swansea.

The new management team will be hoping to receive the full backing of controversial owner Massimo Cellino as they look to build Leeds into a side who can begin to challenge for promotion.

Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie

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