Leeds United risk transfer disappointment after Garry Monk reports

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds are set to extend Garry Monk's contract, but their first move may not be not long term.


General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road Elland Road

Leeds United are moving forward after Andrea Radrizzani confirmed his full scale takeover of the club, buying out Massimo Cellino.

Shortly before the news was confirmed on the club's official website, SkySports reported that manager Garry Monk's contract is set to be extended by another 12 months with the club triggering an option they had in his contract.

Monk's extension when confirmed is good news, but it isn't quite what fans will have been hoping for.

Garry Monk manager of Leeds UnitedGarry Monk manager of Leeds United

After a successful season in which Leeds secured their highest finish in six years and just missed out on the play-offs, most supporters and pundits are in agreement that the manager deserves a long term deal over the next four to five years.

While this would carry some risk if it all went pear-shaped and Leeds one day have to pay a big amount to sack him, the negatives of a short-term deal are worse.

Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post suggested on Twitter that a short term extension could just be a temporary measure in order to stop Monk becoming a free agent, with The Mirror reporting Radrizzani still aims to do so.

This would be wise from Leeds as just a one year extension will hamper the club in the transfer market.

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds need to sell Radrizzani's vision to potential signings with a long term plan. It will be hard for top players to buy in, if they have questions over whether the manager will be there at the end of the season.

It will also make star players like Chris Wood question his own fate if contract talks come around. Why should he commit to a longer term deal if Monk is only secured until 2018.

A one year deal is a quick fix, and may be necessary to stop other sides nabbing him, but if they can't improve on this then Leeds could risk disappointment in the transfer market this summer when it comes to signing their top targets.

Leeds manager Gary Monk applauds the fans after the gameLeeds manager Gary Monk applauds the fans 

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