Former Leeds United striker Robbie Fowler believes Peacocks boss Garry Monk is the right-man to guide the club back into the Premier League, having been absent from the top-flight ever since their shock relegation in 2004.
Hovering around in the lower-tiers, including spending time in League One, the decline of the Yorkshire giants has been widely documented and Fowler, writing for The Daily Mirror, stated Elland Road need top-flight football again.
‘Most know that I think Leeds are a fantastic club who deserve to be in the Premier League because of such passionate, loyal support. Just look at the crowds they get, even after dropping down the leagues. Even when they’ve been through the worst of times.’
After years of disappointment, things look to be on the up this season as they sit fourth in the Championship and will fancy their chances of advancing to the fifth-round in the FA Cup, as they face non-league Sutton United this afternoon.
Under the guidance of Monk, Leeds has showing themselves to be contenders for promotion and Monk believes the former Swansea City man is the right man to guide the Peacocks back to where they should be.
‘I don’t care whether people think other clubs deserve to be in the Premier League, but I KNOW Leeds do – and, in Garry Monk, they have the perfect man to take them there. He did well at Swansea, but it could have been the end of the line when he didn’t immediately get another job.’
‘Some people said it smacked of desperation to accept a job under Cellino, but it has worked out because now we can see the talent he has. I’m truly happy for him. He has shown real coaching skill in setting Leeds up right, and managerial talent in producing a togetherness within his squad and a belief they can win games.’
‘Now, the Leeds fans are talking about Monk and his team – not talking about the owner. And I believe they can go up this season.’
Cellino is the sort of owner that is always going to make some headlines but the performances on the field cannot be ignored, leaving the majority of words being spoken about Leeds this season being kind ones.