Gary Monk has resigned as manager of Leeds United after less than a year at the club.
The 38 year old won 25 of his 53 games in charge of the Yorkshire side and brought the club within the clutches of a play-off place only to lose momentum at the season’s climax. Monk was appointed as manager in June of last year replacing Steve Evans.
The club’s new owner Andrea Radrizzani, who only 24 hours earlier had outlined plans to renew Monk’s contract fro another 12 months, expressed his shock and disappointment that the manager has left Elland Road.
“Leeds United can confirm that we have received Garry Monk’s resignation from his role as First Team Manager.
Following that meeting yesterday Garry’s agent requested that the option was not exercised and his resignation was received this morning.
Whilst we are deeply saddened by Garry’s decision, there is no individual bigger than our Club and we will now begin a process to identify and appoint a new Head Coach to take the club to the next level.
We thank Garry for his contribution during his time at Leeds United, we are disappointed that would could not continue on this journey together.“
The club enjoyed a renaissance under the former Swansea manager and occupied the play-off positions for much of the season. Monk incorporated his attractive playing style that was seen at Swansea as the one-time Champions League semi-finalists pushed for a return to the top flight.
However, Monk’s time at Leeds has come to an end in what was ultimately a heartbreaking season. He is probably the most successful manager to be appointed under Massimo Cellino and although Leeds failed at the crucial moment, brought huge improvements to the club.
Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena