Just two months ago, Leeds United were in an excellent position to bring an overdue end to 14 years in exile away from the Premier League. Now, supporters are logging into their various forms of social media to find out that Garry ‘The Chosen One’ Monk has resigned.
According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the affable gaffer made clear his intention to leave just as new owner Andrea Radrizzani was planning to exercise a clause in his contract allowing him to stay at Elland Road for another 12 months.
The report adds that Monk was hoping for rather more job security and a longer deal – after all, he had just become the first manager to see out the season at Leeds in three years. And he also took them closer to the play-offs than any manager in a decade, a run of one win in eight at the end of the season seeing the club fall at the final hurdle.
The debate now will turn to potential replacements. And, if Gianluca Di Marzio is anything to go by, one of Radrizzani’s compatriots could soon be sitting in the Elland Road hotseat.
The report claims puce-faced, Dustin Hoffman dead-ringer Walter Mazzarri was offered the job earlier this week – almost as soon as his tenure at Watford was ended by a 5-0 home shellacking by Manchester City.
And although it’s understood that Mazzarri is not yet considering stepping into the Championship, Monk’s resignation will only intensify speculation.
Though the man who alienated his own players and had his own ‘fans’ demanding he be sent to the stands recently would hardly be a universally popular appointment.
@MercWatfordFC Might as well get Nicola Salerno back if the circus is returning to town.— Stuart Grant (@McClumsy84) May 26, 2017
@LeedsUtdRyan No no no.... get yaself to the ground and start a Mazzari out protest now— Andy Saunders (@andysandra333) May 25, 2017
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