Ex-Leeds United boss Garry Monk takes the reins at Championship rivals Middlesbrough

Former Leeds United head coach Garry Monk
Former Leeds United head coach Garry Monk
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Garry Monk has been appointed as Middlesbrough’s new manager, two weeks after walking out of Leeds United.

Monk will come face-to-face with Leeds in the Championship next season after agreeing a deal with Boro today. A formal announcement is expected this afternoon.

The 38-year-old was targeted by Boro chairman Steve Gibson following his shock decision to resign as Leeds head coach last month.

Monk tendered his resignation hours before United chairman Andrea Radrizzani intended to extend his contract to the end of next season.

Sources close to the Swansea City boss said he was frustrated by what he saw as a lack of commitment from Radrizzani on the back of an impressive first year as head coach.

Radrizzani countered that claim by insisting he had been ready to discuss a long-term deal but the Italian accepted Monk’s resignation, allowing him to depart for no compensation.

The unexpected turn of events has left Leeds and Radrizzani, who bought full control of the club little over a fortnight ago, searching for a new manager with pre-season training due to start in two weeks’ time.

Radrizzani has been meeting with candidates in the past few days and was due to hold further talks over the weekend.

Monk, who replaces interim boss Steve Agnew at The Riverside following the sacking of Aitor Karanka in March, is expected to take United first-team coach James Beattie with him to Boro.

Beattie’s contract with Leeds runs to the end of this month and United will not attempt to prevent his exit.

Goalkeeping coach Darryl Flahavan could also follow but Monk’s assistant at United, Pep Clotet, is not expected to be part of his new backroom staff.

Clotet’s deal at Elland Road also expires on June 30 but the Spaniard is understood to be keen to remain with United.

Leeds, however, are not considering him for the manager’s job and the appontment of a replacement for Monk could lead to his exit from the club.

Monk took charge of 53 games at Leeds, winning 25 and guiding his side to a seventh-placed finish in the Championship.

A late loss of form, resulting in one victory from United’s final eight matches, saw his squad surrendered a play-off position and Monk’s final fixture in charge was a 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic on May 7.

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