Taking the reins at Leeds United must be one of the most unnerving challenges in football. Not only must you please a passionate fan base been starved of success for way too long, you are also working for an owner whose past attitude towards managers has been comparable to a child not getting the gift they wanted for Christmas.
The man who chose to accept this challenge at the beginning of the 2016/17 season was Garry Monk…and he almost got it right.
Before a dire spell of form in April, Leeds were firmly in the play-off mix and looked likely to continue their footballing season beyond May 7th. Unfortunately, the Yorkshire club ran out of steam at the end of the campaign and now face the prospect of yet another difficult season in the second tier.
This has left many Leeds fans concerned as to what will happen to their popular manager this summer. While the former Swansea boss has achieved more than any manager since Cellino purchased the club and despite having the majority of fans on his side, the Italian owner’s cut throat mentality may mean that yet another new face could be gracing the sidelines at Elland Road next season.
Leeds fans took to social media after the season had finished imploring Cellino to stick with the 38-year-old manager…
Leeds fans going to Wigan today showing their support for Garry Monk. pic.twitter.com/DlJ5aJSn5m
— SlashFootball (@slashfootball) May 7, 2017
Good season for Leeds and great to see Chris Wood 30 goals this season let's get Garry Monk new deal sorted out and build for the future
— Noel Rice (@NoelRice64) May 7, 2017
There's only one GARRY MONK!! Amazing guy, best manager Leeds united has had in ages!! Let's hopefully see him next season ⚽️#SignGarryMonk pic.twitter.com/W3StULAYsG
— Gemmzzzz (@gemma_osborne98) April 30, 2017
Sounds like chants of "sign Garry Monk" to the 'All Leeds Aren't We' tune from the away end #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) May 7, 2017
@GarryMonk Thank you for reigniting Leeds Utd, Garry. Credit to the players, fans, staff. Best wishes for next season. We have built the foundations.
— Ryan Hickman (@Ryanlufc1992) May 8, 2017
— Jason Parker (@jparker1604) May 7, 2017