Toumani Diagouraga has his say on Leeds United's new coaching staff

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga applauds fans

The Leeds midfielder believes the club and the players are in good hands with Garry Monk and his staff.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga applauds fans

Leeds United midfielder Toumani Diagouraga has told the club's website that the players cannot wait for the season to start under the guide of Garry Monk and his experienced coaching staff.

The Whites returned for pre-season training recently and have had their first few sessions under the management of Monk, who took over from Steve Evans earlier this summer.

Monk quickly brought in his assistant from his time at Swansea City, Pep Clotet, and last week added Swans first-team coach James Beattie to complete his backroom team, a move which appeared to be popular with supporters.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk and first team coach James Beattie

The additions also seem to have been met with approval from the players - at least, if Diagouraga's reaction is indicative of the general mood around camp.

The 29-year-old told the club's official website that the new coaching team have the nous to prove successful at Elland Road and admitted that the squad cannot wait to get started under their rule.

Diagouraga said: "It’s been good to see everyone back and the new manager is in place now - the new coaches know what they’re talking about.

"You can see there’s a lot of experience – they’ve all had good playing careers and they’ve done really well at Swansea. We can’t wait to get started.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga comes on as a substitute

"It’s very exciting because we know what we are working for. Ultimately, we’re trying to be ready for the first game of the season at QPR and then we’ll carry on from there."

Monk has already begun shaping his own side, bringing defender Kyle Bartley with him from the Liberty Stadium on a season-long loan deal and signing Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson for around £1.5 million.

Leeds kick off their Championship season with a trip to Queens Park Rangers on 7 August.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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