, Leeds United: another player leaps to Monk’s defence

Leeds United: another player leaps to Monk’s defence

It took one tweet from a red top newspaper to have a section of Leeds fans on Twitter up in arms; some in resignation and others with indignation. One tweet, no source, built from conjecture – that was all.

The tweet itself (below) centred around the supposed peril that Leeds boss Garry Monk was facing due to an indifferent start to the season by his Leeds United side.

As with anything, the common denominator for any story of doom coming out of Elland Road seemed to be linked back to Massimo Cellino. Whether it is true or not, sourced or conjecture, Cellino is behind it. Light left on in the changing rooms and draining the club of electricity, Cellino to blame. Pies too hot, burned your lip? Blame MC.

Leaning heavily on Massimo Cellino’s il mangia alenatori tendencies in disposing of managers, media reports had been circulating that Garry Monk’s position at Leeds was in danger, the performances up to Saturday’s win at Hillsborough supposedly not being enough to convince the notoriously hair-trigger Cellino that he had found the right man for the job.

Already Chris Wood, who scored his second Sky Bet Championship goal of the season in the defeat of Wednesday, has leapt to Monk’s defence. Defending Monk, the big Kiwi striker said: “He will be unbelievable for this club. He will take us to another level and we’re lucky to have him. We’re all learning so much already.”

Now, according to an article in the Yorkshire Evening Post (YEP) by Phil Hay, another player has leapt to the defence of the ‘beleaguered’ Monk and rubbished claims made by those saying that Cellino is ready to dispose of the man in charge.

Kalvin Phillips says that any notion that Monk’s job is in jeopardy is nothing short of bunkum. Quoted by Hay, the promising midfielder said: “Obviously he’s been put under pressure, but I don’t think it’s job-threatening after two games. It’s just a load of gibberish, isn’t it? He’s a great manager.”

Leeds face Luton Town in tonight’s EFL Cup Second Round tie, with Phillips having a chance to gain more game time as Monk looks to rotate his squad and give players time on the pitch.

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