Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk has told The Telegraph that he was disappointed to leave Leeds United, but felt the club didn't have an intention to keep him there for the long-term
Monk, 38, took the Leeds job in the summer of 2016, six months after losing his job as Swansea City boss, as he looked to rebuild his reputation following his sacking at the Liberty Stadium.
Monk certainly did that for the best part of last season, turning Leeds from mid-table also-rans under Uwe Rosler and Steve Evans into a legitimate promotion contender, with the Whites looking like play-off certainties for most of the campaign.
However, Leeds collapsed towards the end of the season and ultimately missed out on a top six spot, and Leeds fans were stunned when Monk didn't renew his one-year contract at Elland Road.
Monk walked out of the club and quickly found himself another job, joining relegated Premier League side Middlesbrough – meaning he would be immediately vying with Leeds in the Championship.
So far, Monk's time at the Riverside Stadium hasn't gone exactly to plan, as despite spending heavily over the summer, he has won just four of his 13 Championship games this season, with Boro fans a little disappointed right now.
Tonight, Middlesbrough travel to take on Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup as they chase a win over the Premier League side, and manager Monk has told The Telegraph that he has received a lot of negativity from Leeds fans after his disappointing exit.
Monk did though add that he felt there wasn't really a strong intention from Leeds to keep him there for the long-term, meaning he moved on and took over at Middlesbrough over the summer.
“There has been a lot of negativity [toward me] and I was disappointed to leave Leeds,” said Monk. “I felt we had a fantastic season when you consider what it was when I took over and what it was when we left. There was an expectancy we’d still be there. It was frustrating, and I don’t want to go too much into it, but for me there was never a real intention for me to have a long-term job there.”
“My intention was to stay, but I had a one-year contract, there were new owners. After the job I’d done and after discussions, there was never a real desire to keep me and I didn’t want to put myself or my staff in that position. That’s why I took the Middlesbrough job. I’ve loved every minute of it and we are improving, you have to rebuild the confidence of a club after relegation, the players, the staff and the fans and we’re getting there,” he added.