Leeds United may opt to follow Huddersfield Town’s ‘German model’ in drive towards promotion

Successful Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner. PIC: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Successful Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner. PIC: Nick Potts/PA Wire
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FORMER midfielder David Prutton has urged Leeds United to learn from the mistakes of previous managerial appointments and make sure Garry Monk’s successor is the “one that takes them back up”.

United are continuing their search for a new boss, 12 days after Monk resigned from his position as head coach.

Former Leeds United head coach, Garry Monk.

Former Leeds United head coach, Garry Monk.

The club are continuing to keep their cards close to their chest in terms of the shortlist they have compiled as potential successors to 38-year-old Monk.

But former Leeds midfielder and Sky Sports pundit Prutton believes United will appoint a “big name” and hopes the Whites will take the necessary steps to ensure the next appointment is absolutely right.

The Whites went through six managers in less than two years under former owner Massimo Cellino – including David Hockaday and Darko Milanic who both lasted just six games each. But Prutton says that new Whites chairman Andrea Radrizzani is likely to take particular inspiration from the German model at Huddersfield Town who have been promoted to the Premier League through the play-offs in former Borussia Dortmund reserves manager David Wagner’s second season in charge.

“You can’t see Leeds moving away from someone who you would call a name,” Prutton told the YEP.

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton.

Sky Sports pundit David Prutton.

“What’s brought it into such finite focus is Huddersfield as what they have done is phenomenal.

“And the fact that they are barely half an hour down the road, I’m sure sticks in the craw at Leeds.

“They will look at them and maybe that will give owners and directors food for thought.

“It’s strange because with who we have seen manage Leeds United over the past five years, with the greatest respect, there’s a few in there where you would think ‘really?!’

“You look back and think, ‘wow, Leeds had that manager for a little bit’, albeit some of their tenures were ridiculously short.

“It goes to show that when Cellino was involved it was a bit different but now we have got solid ownership and solid structure, hopefully the next appointment is the one that takes them back up.”

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