Garry Monk calls on Leeds United fans to make Elland Road a fortress this season

Swansea manager Garry Monk

The Whites boss has urged supporters to be more vocal than ever in their support of the side.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds United manager Garry Monk has called upon the club's supporters to make Elland Road "a fortress" this season, telling the club's official website that unity from all sides of the club will be key.

The Whites won just seven of their 23 Championship games at home last term, scoring just 23 goals across those matches, as they struggled to climb into the top half of the table.

Numerous home matches were marked by fan protests against the ownership of controversial chairman Massimo Cellino, both vocally and otherwise.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds will play in front of their home crowd for the first time this summer when they face Serie A side Atalanta on Saturday just a week before they kick off their Championship.

Monk called upon supporters to start as they mean to go on this weekend by being more vocal than ever in their support of the team and ensuring that everyone is "pushing in the right direction".


The former Swansea City manager told the club's website: "I think it’s a case of us first showing what we can do, which I’m confident the players will, and also for the crowd to understand us and make sure that togetherness of everyone pushing in the right direction starts on Saturday.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

"As soon as we’re here, this has to be a fortress for us. Everyone has to support the team. The players on the pitch will be trying to deliver and if they make a mistake or they create a good goal, we have to support them the whole way through. We have to support each other no matter what."

Monk's appointment, an an encouraging summer of transfer business and pre-season victories, has bred new optimism amongst many Leeds supporters.

There is the hope that this season can be the year that the club finally finds some continuity in the dugout, and that they can ultimately kick on from struggling in mid-table to become genuine play-off contenders.

Swansea City Manager Garry Monk

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