Garry Monk urges Leeds squad to embrace club's history

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Garry Monk has done an excellent job since arriving at Leeds, and has got fans dreaming of a possible promotion.

Garry Monk has urged his Leeds United team to embrace the history of the club and use it to inspire them towards promotion, the Telegraph reports.

Monk has done a fine job during his first few months in charge, taking the Whites into the Championship play-off places and to the quarter-final of the EFL Cup where they battled valiantly before being knocked out by Liverpool.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the matchLeeds United manager Garry Monk

With the fixture evoking memories amongst Leeds fans of great contests between the two sides in years gone by, Monk may perhaps feel that the club's history may now be putting some more pressure on him to deliver the promotion that Whites supporters have craved for more than a decade.

Nevertheless, Monk has insisted that the side's history should only be viewed as a positive factor.

"I'm one that appreciates what a big club this is, who loves that history and wants to embrace it. That history should not be shied away from, it should be the extra motivation," he said, as reported by the Telegraph.

"When I speak to the group, that is what I say to them. We are the group that has the opportunity to shape the future of this football club so that one day people talk about the history we made."

Leeds United players celebrate after the matchLeeds United players celebrate after a win

Interestingly, the former Swansea man's decision to embrace what the club have done in years gone by is completely at odds with what Howard Wilkinson looked to do during his tenure.

Like Monk, Wilkinson arrived when Leeds were beginning to settle into life in the second tier.

Unlike Monk however, Wilkinson appeared to decide that the best way to end their top flight exile was to remove all images of Leeds' golden era from around the club (via Yorkshire Evening Post), seemingly to lessen the burden on the players.

Wilkinson, Wallace and Strachan celebrate Leeds' title winWilkinson, Wallace and Strachan celebrate Leeds' title win in 1992

And while it did not necessarily pay off straight away, he famously led the club back to the Division One title in 1992 in just their second season back at the highest level.

But Monk will be hoping that going down a different strategic route ultimately leads to a similar result, with Leeds back near the country's summit.

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