Nigel Martyn suggests how Garry Monk will cope with Massimo Cellino's ownership style at Leeds

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

The former Leeds goalkeeper believes that Monk should be given the time and autonomy to run his own team at Elland Road.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has told bwin that Massimo Cellino's "unhelpful" style of ownership could be an obstacle to success for Garry Monk at Elland Road if the manager is not given the freedom to work.

Cellino has gained a reputation as one of the more controversial club owners in English football, something which stems both from his trigger-happy approach to hiring and firing managers, and his tendency to tread on coaches toes by involving himself too much.

Steve Evans, Monk's predecessor, lasted just over seven months in the job but that short reign is actually the longest of any manager appointment by the Italian owner.

Monk was appointed as the Scot's successor at the start of June and despite a relatively encouraging transfer window thus far, the Whites suffered a miserable 3-0 defeat at QPR in the former Swansea man's first competitive game in charge last weekend.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

Leeds legend Martyn is concerned that Cellino's often invasive approach as a chairman could prove a hindrance for both Monk and the club, and insisted that the Italian must resist the temptation to meddle with the 37-year-old's job for the good of the club.

The former England goalkeeper, who played 273 times for Leeds between 1996 and 2003 and was voted into their greatest ever XI voiced his fears to bwin.

He said: "It has the potential to be unhelpful. He obviously puts his money in and feels that it gives him the right to have his say, but it’s not conducive to the manager and his player, it can be detrimental.

"The old-fashioned types of chairman that used to sit in the background and left the manager alone to deal with the players he’s been given are desired nowadays.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

"I can’t speak for Garry but most managers would rather be left alone to run things on the football side of it, and pick the players they want to get. Any new acquisitions should be his, because he is the one who is going to be judged on them. It’s a difficult one for Garry. I hope he is given his time as he did a good job at Swansea and that wasn’t an easy job for him."

Leeds supporters - and many neutrals - will certainly be hoping that too much is not read by Cellino into the opening-day defeat as Monk feels around for his best starting XI in the very early stages of the season.

The Whites are back in action on Wednesday evening as they travel to Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup, where they will meet another of Cellino's former managerial casualties in Uwe Rosler.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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