Garry Monk: My ‘connection’ with Cellino and why I’ll have final say on first team at Leeds United

Garry Monk unveiled at the new Leeds United manager at a press conference at Elland Road. Picture Tony Johnson
Garry Monk unveiled at the new Leeds United manager at a press conference at Elland Road. Picture Tony Johnson
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NEW Leeds United head coach Garry Monk insisted he would have the final say on all first team matters after putting on an assured display at his first press conference at Elland Road.

Former Swansea City manager Monk was presented to the media on Thursday afternoon, just three hours after signing a one-year rolling contract to be head coach of the Whites.

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The 37-year-old becomes the seventh head coach of chairman Massimo Cellino’s tenure but declared he had felt an immediate “connection” with the Italian who he says will make no interference with first team affairs.

Asked if he would have the final say on first team selection and first team matters, Monk replied: “For sure.

“Having spoken to the owner, it wasn’t even a discussion.

“It wasn’t even part of the questioning or thought process.

“He made that very clear from the very start, that he’s never done that in the past and that he doesn’t have any intention of doing that in the future.

“He wants to work with me. I felt a really good connection straight away with him and everyone at this club in this short space of time.

“We will be working together, we will be on the same page with the same focus and we we will stay focused on that.”

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