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A season of patience is needed for Leeds fans

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

The appointment of Garry Monk seemed to reignite a spark that's been missing at Elland Road but fans need to be realistic.

A difficult start to life in the Championship for new manager Garry Monk has underlined issues that have been bubbling away at Leeds for a while - it's important that the club finally give a manager the time to build something at Elland Road. 

Prior to Monk's appointment, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino had gone through six managers since his takeover in 2014 with Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn, Uwe Rosler and Steve Evans being the victims to the Italian's ruthless expectations. 

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

The owner has always stuck with the short term principles he employed during his spell with Cagliari, sacking the likes of Giovanni Trapattoni, Oscar Tabarez and Roberto Donadoni while in charge, racking up 43 managers in 24 years before Monk was given the job. 

So why is now the time for patience at Leeds?
2004 was the last time Leeds United kicked a ball as a Premier League side. At the time this period of Purgatory would have seemed highly improbable, but stability is needed at the club if they have aspirations of ever returning to the top flight. 

The appointment of Monk in the summer was met with positivity and hope that he can be the man to guide the club back to the Premier League, but despite his successes in South Wales with Swansea City, he will need time to implement his ideas and style on the football pitch.

As years have gone by it's certainly became a more difficult job for anyone to revive the club with countless managers and off field issues, but in Monk they finally have a man who is eager to bring the club success, with some experience of managing in the Premier League. 

The Leeds manager proved at Swansea that given time he can build a squad. Many raised eyebrows when he took over the job after being originally given it as a caretaker but chairman Huw Jenkins gave him the tools and trust to allow him to develop a squad which needed change. 

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Given the playing squad that Monk has at his disposal now, it would be hard to suggest that the club are ready to mount a serious promotion push, especially given the likes of Aston Villa, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Brighton, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday in the division with them being more well equipped to sustain a challenge throughout the season. 

But what Monk should be allowed to do is develop a side this term to have an identity and philosophy, so when next season comes around they are fully prepared to battle for a top six spot at least and can look to sign players who can make it happen. 

In recent times it's been all too familiar, with the short term being the priority but with no real plan as to how they will even achieve their targets, but Leeds now have a man at the helm who has the ability to achieve promotion. Time and patience will be the two most important aspects if they're going to succeed in doing so and they have been resources in short supply in recent times.

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