Garry Monk relishing Leeds support

Garry Monk

The Leeds United manager can't wait to see and hear the fans.

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Speaking to LUTV, Garry Monk has admitted that he cannot wait to experience the passion of Leeds United fans for the first time as the club's manager.

The former Swansea City defender has previously played against the Whites during his career, but the 38-year-old - who replaced Steve Evans this summer - has not witnessed the support of the fanbase as a Leeds affiliate as of yet.

That will all change tomorrow when Leeds take on Irish outfit Shelbourne in a Dublin-based pre-season friendly in which thousands of United fans are expected to be present.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

It will give Monk an early insight into how well supported the club is, and the ex-Swansea manager admits he is relishing the sight and sound of the Leeds faithful in the Irish capital.

"Can't wait," he smiled and told LUTV. "I already know what a fantastic club it is and how passionate the fans are. I've already felt that in my few weeks at the club.

"I'm looking forward to it. I think that'll help galvanise ourselves and not to fear anything. Sometimes at a big club with a lot of followers it can add pressure, but I want to use that to our advantage."

Swansea manager Garry Monk

United will stay around Dublin for a few extra days as they then turn their attentions toward a clash with Shamrock Rovers on Saturday.

Their first competitive outing comes in the Championship on August 7, with Leeds visiting Queens Park Rangers.

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