Leeds United 0 Huddersfield Town 1: Under-fire Monk clashes with media

Garry Monk feels the frustration.
 PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Garry Monk feels the frustration. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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LEEDS United head coach Garry Monk said the media had no business to ask him what chairman Massimo Cellino’s opinion was of his work so far after Saturday’s 1-0 loss at home to Huddersfield Town.

The Whites dropped into the Championship relegation zone as a result of defeat in Saturday’s West Yorkshire derby which left Leeds with just four points from their first six games.

But in a tetchy interview with BBC Radio Leeds, Monk told reporter Adam Pope that it was “none of your business” to inquire just what chairman Cellino thought to his work at the Whites after eight games in charge.

Asked what Cellino’s opinion was of what he was doing so far, Monk replied: “That’s none of your business.

“I’m not going to give someone else’s opinion - you have to ask the man himself.”

Informed that Cellino has stopped speaking to certain members of the press, Monk replied “Well then there you go.”

United’s head coach was then asked if he and Cellino were “okay” to which he replied: “I’m brilliant. Fine.”

Pushed for an answer as to if the relationship with Cellino was okay, Monk replied: “I think the interview is done.”

Asked earlier if he felt under undue pressure in his role, Monk insisted: “It’s got nothing to do with that. I am focused purely on the job.

“I am working as hard as I can possibly with these players and it’s a new group, new players and it takes time to gel.

“They are trying their hardest, you can see the effort is there but it’s just not quite clicking for them.

“We will continue to work and that’s my focus.

“I don’t listen to anything else and I am not here to worry what someone outside of the club has to say or what their opinion is.

“All that matters is the opinion of us within here and how we are working.

“Everyone knows how I work, everyone knows what I am trying to do here and I will continue to do that.”

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