Garry Monk appears to be the man that will finally guide Leeds United back to the Premier League, with his side currently third in the Championship table ahead of their clash with Barnsley this weekend.
Leeds have been out of the top flight since the summer of 2004 and are currently on their eleventh manager in five years. Monk has against all odds achieved a stable working environment with ruthless co-owner Massimo Cellino, despite being the seventh manager appointed under the irate Italian. So much so that he is prepared to stay with the Yorkshire club for the long haul.
As reported in the Mirror, the former Swansea boss who is currently on a one-year rolling contract is open to the idea of a long-term deal at the club.
New Leeds co-owner Andrea Radrizzani recently stated that Monk is to be offered a new contract just seven months after becoming their new manager, replacing Steve Evans.
The 37-year-old spoke of his desire to succeed where many have failed over recent seasons at Elland Road.
“I see Leeds United as a long-term project for me, and I am delighted with the progress we are making this season.
“But things like contracts sort themselves out over a period of time, and I’m not thinking about it at the moment.
“All that stuff will take care of itself and, if it goes to the end of the season, that’s fine. It’s not my focus.
“I am concentrating solely on the team and winning football matches. I am fully focused on my players and getting the best out of them because that’s my job.”
Monk has won 18 of his 32 games in charge and lost only nine as Leeds climbed the table following a tough start to the season.
New co-owner Andrea Radrizzani, who could completely buy out Cellino at the end of the season, has full faith in Monk and he will hope he will be buying a Premier League club as Leeds finally make their return to the top tier of English football.
Ironically for Monk, his Leeds United side could possibly replace his old club Swansea in the Premier League, as the Swans look to be returning to the Championship following promotion in 2011.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena