GARRY MONK has defended his decision to resign from his job as Leeds United head coach, saying it was his “intention to remain at Elland Road” and that he and owner Andrea Radrizzani had been “unable to agree a suitable way to move forward.”
In a long statement released on Twitter tonight, Monk said that “no agreement could be reached” during negotiations with Radrizzani after the club accepted his surprise resignation this morning.
Monk walked out of Leeds after 12 months and 53 games in charge, two days after Radrizzani’s takeover of United and 24 hours before the club’s chairman planned to activate a clause to extend his contract to the end of next season.
Leeds said they had been asked by Monk’s agent not to exercise that option, claiming that during talks between Monk and Radrizzani “it became clear that Garry was considering life beyond Leeds United as at no time did Garry wish to discuss terms for a longer contract.”
Monk was understood to be unhappy with the prospect of a 12-month extension and doubtful about Radrizzani’s intentions to offer him a long-term deal, despite Radrizzani insisting in a round of media interviews on Wednesday that he would speak to Monk about an improved contract.
United said they were “shocked and disappointed by Garry’s decision but his resignation has been reluctantly accepted by chairman Andrea Radrizzani.”
Monk’s statement made no reference to the specific issues behind his decision to leave and did not address the topic of his contract.
“It is with huge disappointment that my time at Leeds United has come to an end,” Monk said.
“My intention was always to remain at Leeds and I saw myself at this fantastic club for many years to come. However, ultimately no agreement could be reached.
“After discussions with the new owner, we have unfortunately been unable to agree a suitable way for us to all move forward together.
After discussions with the new owner, we have unfortunately been unable to agree a suitable way for us to all move forward together.Garry Monk
“Working at such a huge and historic club as Leeds United has been a true honour and myself and staff put our all into what was an excellent season.”
Monk was appointed last June by Massimo Cellino, the former Leeds owner who sold his remaining shares in the club to Radrizzani on Tuesday.
Monk said: “I’d like to thank both Massimo Cellino and Andrea Radrizzani. Particular thanks go to Massimo who helped bring me and my staff to this tremendous football club.
“I would also like to wish Andrea good luck and success during his tenure as the Leeds United owner.”
Monk is already being strongly linked with the manager’s job at Middlesbrough following Boro’s relegation from the Premier League.