In Focus: Leeds United boss eyed by Norwich City; Cellino must give him new deal

According to reports in The Mirror, Norwich City are ready to try and snatch Leeds United boss Garry Monk this summer if the Yorkshire outfit fail to make the play-off positions.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Canaries’ newly-appointed football director Stuart Webber is searching for a permanent new manager after Alex Neil was sacked in March, and he is said to be a big fan of Monk.

The former Swansea City boss looked to be leading the Whites to a Championship play-off spot following an impressive season, but four defeats in their last six matches has seen them drop out of the top six and they are now three points adrift of sixth-placed Fulham with just two league fixtures remaining.

If Leeds fail to snatch a play-off place and promotion back to the Premier League after a 13-year absence, Norwich are ready to make their move.

How long is Monk contracted for?

Interestingly, the 38-year-old only signed a 12-month rolling contract when he took over last June and with that due to run out this summer – and with Leeds yet to hand him a new deal – his future at Elland Road is in doubt.

It is unclear whether his future depends on securing a top six finish or not, but the uncertainty isn’t helping anyone associated with the club.

Would he want to join Norwich?

Despite the success he has enjoyed for the majority of the Championship campaign, as well as the size of the club and the passion of the supporters, Monk may feel that there is more stability at board level at Norwich than there is under Massimo Cellino at Elland Road.

He will also know that the likes of Chris Wood will be targets for Premier League clubs should they fail to go up, and it may be difficult to hang onto them as a result.

What’s the verdict, then?

If Monk is handed a long-term deal and the owners can show him that they can continue to be ambitious then he will probably choose to stay with United, and it is something that they must do if they are to carry on building and progressing for the future.