Speaking to the Irish Times, Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane has spoken of his frustration at not playing as much for his club last season. The Republic of Ireland international highlighted the end of season period as a time where then head coach Garry Monk favoured other alternatives.
The 26-year-old says he directed that disappointment towards the direction of Monk, who ultimately picks the team. However, many Leeds fans could possibly agree that O’Kane isn’t necessarily a first choice pick and Monk was right to play who he did. Still, he felt he should’ve had more opportunities.
Although he was frustrated, he insists he never complained and that his relationship with Monk was, and still is, very positive. He also revealed that when Monk elected to resign from his post at Elland Road, they exchanged text messages. Focusing on the playing time first, O’Kane wanted to start more games,
“Obviously, towards the end of the season I didn’t play as many games as I would have liked. It’s a little bit frustrating for me and that frustration is directed at him (Monk) because he is the guy picking the team.
“But it was fine, I can only compliment him for the season that we have had and the part that he had to play in it and our relationship is good. When he resigned, we exchanged messages just to say ‘thanks’ for what he has done for me and what I have done for him.”
O’Kane will be working hard in pre-season to impress the new head coach at Leeds United so he doesn’t have to endure too many spells on the bench.