Nigel Martyn shares thoughts on Leeds appointing Monk, highlights what he must understand

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has given his thoughts on new manager Garry Monk.

Leeds United's manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has told bwin.com that he thinks Garry Monk is a great appointment for the club - but he needs the money to improve the club.

Martyn racked up more than 200 appearances for Leeds having signed from Crystal Palace in 1996, before leaving for Everton in 2003 following the emergence of Paul Robinson.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

The former England international clearly keeps an eye on his former club, and it's fair to say there has been plenty going on at Elland Road in recent years.

Garry Monk is the new man in charge, and he follows a long list of managers who lost their job under trigger-happy chairman Massimo Cellino, with Steve Evans, Uwe Rosler, Neil Redfearn, Darko Milanic, David Hockaday and Brian McDermott all being let go by Cellino.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Monk arrived this summer with a strong reputation having guided Swansea City to an eighth-placed finish during the 2014/15 Premier League season, and Leeds fans are certainly excited about the new era under Monk.

So far, there are a few things to iron out; Sunday's 3-0 thrashing at QPR wasn't the ideal way to start the new season, whilst Leeds were unconvincing in their 2-2 draw with Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup in midweek, a game which Leeds eventually won 5-4 on penalties. 

Ahead of this weekend's game against Birmingham City, former goalkeeper Martyn has spoken about Monk's arrival, telling bwin.com that he thinks Leeds have made a 'great appointment', but having been used to working with top players in the Premier League, Martyn believes Monk needs big money to spend in order to revitalise Leeds.

Swansea City Manager Garry Monk

Martyn added that Monk needs to understand that Leeds belong to the club's fans, who are desperate to return to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2004, and he must work to appease them during his time in West Yorkshire.

"I think it was a great appointment," said Martyn. "He is bright, fresh and coming straight out of the Premier League, where he has been used to managing players of the highest quality. I just hope he is given the budget and scope to produce the team on the pitch that he would want to."

"The fans crave Premier League football again and this club belongs to the fans, so Garry needs to understand that you’re only ever loaning the position or shirt from the fans and you have to try your best to appease them," he added.

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