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Surely we have seen enough, time for Leeds owner Massimo Cellino to break habit and offer Garry Monk an extended deal

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Leeds United manager Garry Monk is on a one year contract.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino appears to be learning in his third full season in English football.

This campaign he is staying quiet, out of the spotlight, and did not pull the trigger to sack the club's manager early in the season after a couple of poor results.

He has been rewarded with the team's growth, gelling better than could have been feasibly expected at this point, and looking like they could be viable play-off contenders.

Leeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goalLeeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goal

The Whites are sixth in the table and fans believe they could topple champions-elect Newcastle at Elland Road in their next fixture, such is the confidence at present.

The key to all of this is head coach Garry Monk, with players buying into his methods, and shrewd decisions made in the transfer market.

Cellino has already ceded in this regard. There is no sporting director pulling the strings as there once was, and nor does the appointment of one appear imminent.

In short, he is letting Monk and his staff get on with the job they were tasked to do.

Garry Monk manager of Leeds UnitedGarry Monk manager of Leeds United

So the one slight worry is that Monk is just on a one-year contract at Elland Road.

Now given Cellino's past history of hiring and firing, this was shrewd at the time, minimising the pay-off he would be required to make if he lost patience with Monk early on.

Based on the season so far, surely at this point we have seen enough, and Monk deserves to be rewarded with a new contract.

Leeds United’s manager Garry Monk talks with forth official after disallowed goalLeeds United’s manager Garry Monk talks with fourth official after disallowed goal

The Italian owner may prefer to keep Monk on his toes, but really he should break his habit of hiring and firing, and thanks to an appointment which has worked out, he has the perfect opportunity.

A new contract for Monk would ease fears of fans, show there is increased stability, as whatever happens between now and the end of the season, signs are there that he is the right manager to get the club back on track finally.

It would also encourage new signings to buy into Monk's plans in January, and convince players whose deals are running down to commit to the club for longer themselves..

A contract extension rather than a sacking would truly be a rarity for Massimo Cellino to hand out to a manager, but it is hard to argue Garry Monk does not deserve it.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino

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