Leeds Manager Garry Monk talks about the challenge Newcastle present
Whisper it quietly but Garry Monk might just be the man to turn around Leeds United.
After 22 months as Manager at Swansea, he was sacked with the club in 15th place. With the Welsh club in their current predicament and now on yet another new boss, they may be wondering if they were a little premature.
Early days at Elland Road but there again, under Massimo Cellino a manager is usually counting the days and not months, never mind years.
In fact, after only one win in his opening six Championship games, rumours were rife that Garry Monk was set for the Cellino chop and that Steve McClaren was in line to replace him.
Talk about dodging a bullet!
Since then though Leeds have thrived under Garry Monk and have the third best form over their last 10 Championship matches, gathering 22 from a possible 30 points, whilst also joining Newcastle in the League Cup quarter-finals.
However, the Leeds boss is under no illusions about this weekend, admitting they are playing the ‘best team’ in the division, with a ‘high calibre manager’ and having the ‘most expensive team in the league’.
“The group is good in terms of injuries, Liam Bridcutt is still out, but looking to be back on the pitches in the next 2 weeks.
“A negative was Pablo Hernandez straining his hamstring at Norwich, he is unlikely to make the weekend which is disappointing.
“Pablo was performing extremely well, against Norwich he was excellent, but everyone else is raring to go.
“On paper this will be the toughest test of the season, Newcastle are top of the league, they have been the best team so far.
“They have a high calibre manager (Rafa Benitez) and the most expensive team in the league, so you would expect them to be where they are.
“Our approach is the same, we will give 100%, try and put our best football on the pitch, when we do that we get results.
“We have a capacity crowd ready to support us, we want to send people home happy, we are going out determined to win the game.”
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