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Vinnie Jones backs Monk and the impact the Leeds crowd can have

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Leeds United midfielder Vinnie Jones and backed head coach Garry Monk to be a success at the club ‘as long as they don’t interfere upstairs’. The Hollywood actor spent a yearat the club between 1989 and 1990, where they won the Second Division title.

Jones, aged 51, currently lives on in the States but says that he keeps in close contact with all things surrounding his former club. He admits to being impressed with how ex-Swansea manager Monk has settled into the role and has backed him to attract ‘some great players’ to Elland Road in the future.

The hard-talking midfielder turned actor says that he always felt that around the time Monk was installed by owner Massimo Cellino as the new head coach that he would be a hit at the club, and urged the fans to give him time if things didn’t go too well initially,

“I said it when he took over. One of the best things that the chairman has done is put Garry up there.

“I said this is a great move for Leeds United. I think Garry will reap the benefits and I told the fans as well to give Garry time. He’ll organise that place. As long as they don’t interfere upstairs, I think Garry will get it right and bring some great players in.”

Jones also eluded to the fact that the team are currently in very good form, and singled out particular praise for one individual especially. He would also give big praise to the Leeds supporters, saying that they create a memorable atmosphere in the stadium,

“The lad (Chris) Wood is banging in some goals.

“I have still got some very, very good friends up in Leeds and I speak to them very often. The crowds will start coming back and the buzz around the town. It’s the best place on the planet to be when you’ve got that full crowd up there.”

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