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Pep Clotet hails Leeds fans

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

Leeds United fans turned up in their droves to support the club in Dublin.

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

Speaking to LUTV, Leeds United assistant boss Pep Clotet has said that he wanted to take a photo of the club's passionate fans in Ireland over the past few days.

The Whites warmed up for the new Championship season with a two-week trip to the Republic of Ireland, in which they beat Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers over the past few days.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

In both games, Leeds had plenty of support; be it from sections of the club's Irish fanbase or fans from all over Europe who made the trip over to Dublin especially to see their side in the two friendlies.

The Spanish coach - who was previously involved with Swedish sides Malmo and Halmstad, along with Norwegian outfit Viking - admits he was blown away to see such a diverse sub section of Leeds supporters.

Elland Road

"It was unbelievable. I wanted to take pictures of the Leeds fans from all over the world. I saw flags from my country. I saw flags from countries that I'm close to, like American and Scandanavian flags," he told LUTV.

"I'm still shocked realising how nice it is and how much they feel it. It makes me proud to be here."

Leeds kick off their Championship campaign on August 7 with a visit to QPR for what will be manager Garry Monk's first competitive game in charge.

The 38-year-old, whose only other job in management was a 22-month stint in charge of Swansea City, will need a fast and furious start to his spell at Leeds if he is to fare better than his predecessors.

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

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