Ian Baird suggests Leeds boss Garry Monk would have feared the sack ahead of Blackburn game in September

Leeds manager Garry Monk

Leeds United have done tremendously well in the Championship, but their season did not start that way.

Leeds United hero and current Sutton United coach Ian Baird has suggested to the Daily Mail that Garry Monk would have been fearing the sack going into September's Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers.

Monk became the latest appointment of the Massimo Cellino era when he was chosen to replace Steve Evans in the summer. But while his time in the Premier League with Swansea City initially led to plenty of excitement following his arrival, his stint at Elland Road appeared like it may be a short one based on the start the Whites made to the season.

Leeds won just one of their opening six games in the league and went into their clash with Blackburn knowing that a defeat against Owen Coyle's men would have seen them fall to the bottom of the second tier. 

Leeds United manager Garry MonkLeeds United manager Garry Monk

And Baird feels that had his old side lost that game - which they went on to win 2-1 - Monk would have been expecting the hierarchy to make a rash decision about his future.

"I did some work for Radio Leeds at the start of the Massimo Cellino era and some of the things that were going on, it was like Jeremy Beadle was going to turn up in a minute," he told the Mail.

"Garry has managed to temper all that by getting winning performances, but I think he knows if he hadn't got a result against Blackburn after a poor start, he could have gone through the revolving door.

"He has done very well, comes across as very calm and how he got the sack at Swansea, nobody knows. Credit to him for keeping that monster quiet."

Leeds manager Garry Monk

While that win against another team in the bottom three was perhaps not the most convincing, it could definitely be earmarked as a turning point in Leeds' season.

Since that win, the Peacocks have gone from the relegation zone to the play-offs places and go into the final 18 games of the campaign with an outside chance of even sneaking into the automatic-promotion spots.

But before their attention reverts back to the league, they must negotiate a tricky FA Cup fourth round tie against Sutton, the club where Leeds cult-hero Baird works as a coach. 

And Baird will be hoping that his current side can do Leeds a favour by knocking them out of the competition and giving them one less thing to concentrate on ahead of a crucial few months. 

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