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Grant Holt tips Garry Monk for Leeds success

Swansea manager Garry Monk

The young manager replaced Steve Evans at Leeds United this summer.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Former Premier League striker Grant Holt has backed manager Garry Monk to prove himself successful at Leeds United - providing he is given freedom.

The 38-year-old replaced Steve Evans in the hot seat at Leeds earlier this summer.

Monk is the seventh managerial appointment at the Whites in a little over two years as recent history suggests that owner Massimo Cellino will not keep him for long if there are not unmistakable signs that Premier League promotion looms.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

The controversial Italian owner was reported to have told Evans to change his tactics midway through a defeat to QPR in December, when Cellino reportedly entered the Leeds dressing room according to The Mirror.

Asked on Twitter whether the former Swansea City manager would succeed with United, Holt suggested he would, so long as his management and methods are not undermined by outside parties.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

At the moment, things look promising at Leeds. The ambitious young manager has brought in six new faces so far, including former Oxford United marksman Kemar Roofe.

They kick off the Championship season by visiting QPR on August 7, with Saturday's visit of Serie A side Atalanta offering one last chance for Monk to gauge the readiness of his side ahead of the new season.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

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