Leeds United have had an excellent season, one driven by an ethos developed by head coach Garry Monk. The side he has assembled and nurtured has done the fans proud, giving them a side that they can be proud of.
But news coming through today seems to indicate that all that endeavour and good work could be undone, with The Sun’s Alan Nixon saying that head coach Garry Monk will not be having his contract renewed by the club.
The rationale given for this surprising move is last week’s arrival of Spaniard Ivan Bravo at the club, the former Real Madrid man being given a place on the board at Elland Road and being employed in an advisorial role.
Nixon says in his article that, despite the steadying of the Elland Road ship, “their failure to make the play-offs is pushing him [Monk] towards the exit door.” Nixon goes on to say that the club are looking to appoint someone new and that “a foreign coach is set to be part of the set-up, with moves about to be made to recruit a new face for the dug-out,” although the name of this person is yet unknown.
Journalist Nixon has been busy today on his personal Twitter feed fielding questions, such as those below, since he broke the story early this morning.
Nixon says on his Twitter that the club are discussing the nationality of the new incumbent, and that a certain Flamenco flair may be on the menu at Elland Road.
Nixon then confirms that there are no concrete targets or names in the hat at the moment for the Elland Road hotseat.
But perhaps the most damning of all is Nixon saying that there is very little chance of Garry Monk being considered for the head coach’s role at Elland Road under the new regime.
This whole situation hasn’t gone down well at all with Leeds United fans, amongst who there is a growing sense of indignation and anger. These fans rightly see the very important job that Monk, Clotet and the rest of his backroom staff have done in beginning to fix a broken Leeds United.
Should these rumours begin to bear any modicum of truth then expect a bigger backlash as the story develops, which it is sure to do over the coming weeks as the season finishes and June creeps ever closer.