Monk comments on if he's surprised by Leeds form, discusses current Radrizzani relationship

Garry Monk manager of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City at Molineux on April 15, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

Leeds United take on their former manager Garry Monk this weekend.

Garry Monk manager of Birmingham City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City at Molineux on April 15, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

Birmingham City take on Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon – meaning another return for Garry Monk.

The Blues are one of only two teams in the Championship still searching for a first win of the season, but have still managed to claim six points from draws.

Conversely, Leeds have been in scintillating form, and are the only team yet to lose a Championship game this season having won five and drawn three under Marcelo Bielsa.

 

The Whites sit top of the Championship table and are one of the favourites for promotion under Bielsa, who will meet one of his predecessors this weekend.

Leeds take on Birmingham at Elland Road, with the Blues managed by Monk, who took charge of Leeds during the 2016-17 season.

Monk seemingly had Leeds on the verge of a play-off place before a late collapse that season, and when it looked like he would sign a new contract, he instead left the club and moved on to Middlesbrough.

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Monk cited differences with new owner Andrea Radrizzani for leaving, and he has now discussed his current relationship with the Italian, telling the Birmingham Mail that any differences have now been resolved.

Monk also suggested that he isn't surprised by Leeds' success so far this season, describing their ambition to reach the Premier League this season as 'fantastic'.

“I have not been surprised at all, as I have always said, I have got fantastic memories there,” said Monk. “I am really proud of and enjoyed the work that we were doing there. When I went there it was very much a divided club, a lot of differences between everyone at the club and fans and I am very proud of the way we united that club again. The main part of that is it was the first time in a long time people were actually talking about what was going on - on the pitch. That hadn’t happened for a long time there. It’s a fantastic club, huge passionate support, really loyal fans. We know Elland Road is a really difficult place, I have experienced that bond with the fans, home games were very special and they have got that again."

“I have spoken to Andrea since I have departed, those differences have been put to the side now, whatever differences we had at the time. I think it’s fantastic for Andrea and the club, it’s good to see they decided this year is the year. They have invested heavily in the club, probably learned from the mistakes they made last year and Andrea has openly said that. They have invested well and have got a huge talented manager, a lot of experience and that recipe is putting them back on that course for the Premier League. And that club should be in the Premier League, it’s a huge club, it’s a massive club. You put that back in the Premier League and it’s one of the biggest clubs in the league. We knew that, everyone knows that. I wish them all the best - not for Saturday," he added.

Garry Monk manager of Birmingham City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Ipswich Town at St Andrews on March 31, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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