Leeds United: Manager search LIVE - Garry Monk on the brink as one-year deal ‘agreed’

Ex Swansea City manager Garry Monk is understood to be in talks to become the next manager of Leeds United.
Ex Swansea City manager Garry Monk is understood to be in talks to become the next manager of Leeds United.
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Leeds United are set to appoint Garry Monk as their new head coach with reports suggesting the former Swansea boss has agreed a one-year deal. Follow our live blog for the latest events.

Leeds have reportedly agreed a deal to bring in Garry Monk as the club’s new head coach.

A deal for 47-year-old Monk looks imminent with sources suggesting that a deal has already been agreed.

The club are yet to make Monk’s appointment official, though an announcement is likely to be made in due course and he is likely to be presented at a 2.30pm press conference at Elland Road this afternoon.

Monk is a free agent having ben sacked by Swansea last December which avoids a potential complication over any likely move and Cellino is believed to be keen to make an appointment as soon as he possibly can.

The 37-year-old enjoyed a fine ten years as a player at Swansea - as a centre-back - before taking over the managerial reins in February 2014.

Swansea were 12th in the Premier League upon his appointment and Monk’s first game in charge resulted in a 3-0 win at home to arch rivals Cardiff City.

A run of nine games without a victory followed but four wins out of Swansea’s last seven games steered the Welsh side to survival and a finish of 12th.

Victory at Manchester United on the opening day of the following season proved a sign of things to come for Monk’s Swansea who went on to record their highest ever Premier League finish in 2014-15 with a record points tally as a return of 56 points saw them end up in eighth.

But after a great 2014-15, it went wrong for Monk at the start of this season and after one win in 12 games he was sacked on December 9.

Overall, Monk had 77 games in charge of Swansea, winning 28, drawing 17 and losing 32 for win per cent rate of 36.36.

That is about the same as former Whites head coaches Steve Evans and Brian McDermott but obviously Monk’s record is based on games in the Premier.

As a player, Monk made 223 league appearances for Swansea, with his journey beginning down in League Two in 2004.

Seven years later, having become captain of the Swans, the side were promoted to the Premier in 2011.

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