In Focus: Leeds United set to axe Garry Monk; major changes expected

According to reports in the Sunday Sun, Leeds United manager Garry Monk could be axed after the club failed to make the Championship play-offs this season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Yorkshire outfit looked set to finish in the top six after spending large chunks of the campaign there, but four defeats in their last seven league matches saw them drop down to seventh.

Despite coming from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Norwich City at Elland Road on Saturday, Monk’s men are three points behind Fulham with just one fixture remaining but because of their inferior goal difference the race is effectively over.

The former Swansea City boss only signed a 12-month rolling contract last summer which is due to run out in June, and they are unlikely to extend it with co-owner Andrea Radrizzani looking to bring in a foreign coach in a new set-up.

Would it be the right decision?

It’s difficult to say.

While he has certainly steadied the ship this season and started to bring some good times back to the club, the way they have bottled it in recent weeks will be worrying if they are to aim for promotion again next term.

How many changes could there be this summer?

Quite a few if the rumours are to be believed.

The whole backroom staff set-up is likely to be shaken up and there could be a Spanish influence to their summer transfer targets after Ivan Bravo was recently brought in as a director.

In addition, the likes of Chris Wood and Pontus Jansson will be heavily linked with moves to Premier League clubs, despite the latter suggesting that he wants to stay at Elland Road.

 


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