Leeds boss insists time at Elland Road has improved him as a manager

Leeds manager Garry Monk

Leeds United fans are more confident about their side's prospects this season than they have been in a very long time.

Leeds United's manager Garry MonkLeeds United's manager Garry Monk

During a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Mail, Leeds boss Garry Monk insisted that he has become a better manager during his time at Elland Road than he ever was while in charge at Swansea City.

The Whites have really impressed so far this season, after making a slow start to life under Monk, and currently sit in seventh position in the Championship table, just one point behind sixth-placed Norwich City.

And Monk, who joined Leeds in June of this year, highlighted how he has learnt from his time at Swansea, and in doing so, has improved the way in which he now works, as quoted by the Daily Mail:

"I've changed. At Swansea, I knew what I was doing but there were things that played a big part in my mind that weren't really relevant. There were times where I wanted to be there for the sake of wanting to be there. I was working but was it effective work? Maybe not always. I felt I had to do it because that's the typical image of a manager. I feel a better manager now than I ever did at Swansea."

The Whites head to Rotherham United on Saturday as they look to bounce back from their disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Newcastle United at the weekend.

Garry Monk manager of Leeds UnitedGarry Monk manager of Leeds United

The Millers currently sit rock bottom of the Championship table, and nothing less than three points will be acceptable as Monk looks to lead his team back into the top-six.

Whatever happens over the next few weeks though, one thing that cannot be debated, is the positive effect that Monk has had on the entire Leeds setup since his arrival.

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