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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink praises Leeds United boss Garry Monk for sticking to beliefs

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

The Leeds manager was under pressure after losing to Hasselbaink's QPR on the opening day of the season.

Former Leeds United striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has commented on how Leeds boss Garry Monk has turned things around at Elland Road after what was a difficult start to the season for the new Leeds boss.

Hasselbaink, who played at Leeds for two seasons in the 90s, was the manager of QPR when the London side put Leeds to the sword on the opening day of the season in a 3-0 romp at Loftus Road.

QPR manager Jimmy Floyd HasselbainkQPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

That was the beginning of a tough start to life at Elland Road for Monk – with Leeds winning just once in their opening six Championship fixtures.

But since then they have turned things around.

Leeds are now fifth in the Championship after some excellent form and Hasslebaink stated during Sky Sports' coverage of Leeds EFL Cup quarter-final clash with Liverpool last night (29/11/2016) that he feels sticking to his beliefs kept Leeds in form:

“I think he stuck with his beliefs. He did not have a very good start. The first six games I think he had one win.

“But he stayed calm, the club stayed calm and he worked.

QPR's Nedum Onuoha celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalQPR's Nedum Onuoha celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

“They are in a very good moment.

“They’re playing really well and he stuck by his beliefs.”

Leeds’ fans have certainly taken to Monk now after what was initially a tough start for the new boss.

With Leeds now clearly harbouring hopes of a potential play-off place Monk has done well to win around the Leeds faithful.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

They have come a long way since losing to QPR on the opening day, with Hasselbaink now without a job after being sacked by the London club.

A lot can change in football in a short space of time. Leeds United will be hoping that they can keep up their current form until the end of the season.

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