Leeds United boss Monk facing one-game touchline ban

Garry Monk watches from the stands after his dismissal at Ashton Gate.
Garry Monk watches from the stands after his dismissal at Ashton Gate.
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Leeds United head coach Garry Monk is facing a one-game touchline ban following his dismissal at Bristol City last week.

Monk plans to plead guilty to a misconduct charge brought against him by the Football Association after he was sent from his dug-out in the closing stages of Leeds’ 1-0 defeat at Ashton Gate on September 27.

The YEP understands that the FA will punish Monk with an immediate one-match suspension, forcing him to take in United’s next fixture away at Derby County from the stands.

Leeds travel to Pride Park on October 15 to resume their season after the international break.

Control of the first team in that fixture is set to fall assistant boss Pep Clotet.

Referee Keith Stroud ordered Monk from the touchline at Bristol City as frustration boiled over towards the end of a Championship game which ended United’s four-match winning streak.

Monk watched the final minutes from a seat behind the away dug-out and looked on as United fought to level a second-half goal from Bristol City captain Marlon Pack. The United boss played down the incident afterwards, saying he was not certain why Stroud had dismissed him and describing his sending off as “not a big problem”.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson also seemed surprised by Monk’s departure to the stands, saying: “I’m sure whatever he said was valid.”

The FA, however, wrote to Monk last week to charge him over the incident.

Monk hinted after Saturday’s 2-1 win against Barnsley that punishment was coming his way, saying: “There’s a letter come through. I’ll read it and see what the situation is.”

Neither United nor the FA have made any further comment.