When Garry Monk walked out on Leeds United last week, there was a mixed sense of bewilderment and bemusement. Things seemed to be going so well, then suddenly it was a case of a tendered resignation.
Nothing seemed to fit. This was a man who had turned around Leeds United’s fortunes, moving a mid-table at best side into a set of worthy play-off challengers. Of course, that failed towards the end of the season, Leeds missing out and finishing in 7th place.
What seemed to exacerbate the shock at his walking away from Elland Road was that both parties seemingly wanted a stay. Monk for his part was wanting to extend his time at the Whites, Andrea Radrizzani wanted to take up the option of him staying. Seemed to most observers that it was a perfect relationship for a perfect sense of stability and harmony.
No one was really sure why Monk walked, that will all come out in the football wash so-to-speak. What is known, courtesy of the Mirror, is that Monk is readying himself for interview with relegated side Middlesbrough.
The Mirror’s David Anderson says that Monk “remains the favourite to succeed Steve Agnew at the Riverside Stadium” and that he “will be interviewed this week.”
What is more worrying, nay anger rousing, for Leeds United fans is one of the reasons given as to how Monk manoeuvred himself to be able to accept the offer of a Boro interview. According to Anderson, after “the former Swansea boss quit Leeds to make himself available.”
News that Monk was taking up this potential option of joining Middlesbrough hasn’t gone down too well with Whites fans.
Monk to be interviewed by Middlesbrough – Leeds fans reactions
@lufcstats Was obvious when he left Leeds Boro had contacted him.Bigger wages bigger Transfer Budget. But smaller Club. MOT
— borisirishwhite (@leinsterwhite) May 31, 2017
Aside from the direct responses to the Express article that piggybacks the Mirror piece, there is still a seething dislike of all things Monk and associations with Leeds United.
Also warming to #LUFC naming Karanka as coach. Monk is culpable for recent antics, liking the new setup and direction by Radz so far
— Daniel C. Young (@dcyshepard) May 31, 2017
Karanka it is then.
Monk was a stepping stone to where we are now. Yes gutted to see him go, but he wants to pick his own players.
— Justin Hardy (@Hardyboy79) May 31, 2017