Leeds United: Clotet seeks “new stage” of career and not at Boro

A NEW STAGE: For former Whites assistant boss Pep Clotet.
A NEW STAGE: For former Whites assistant boss Pep Clotet.
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PEP CLOTET has confirmed he is seeking a “new stage” in his career but the former Whites assistant boss will not be joining Garry Monk at Middlesbrough.

Clotet’s future at Leeds has been in doubt ever since Monk resigned as head coach last month before later taking over as manager at Middlesbrough.

Former APOEL boss Thomas Christiansen was appointed Monk’s successor last week and Christiansen has already named Spaniard Julio Banuelos as his assistant, having also worked with Banuelos at APOEL and AEK Larnaca.

United did not consider Clotet for the head coach’s job but were open to the possibility of him remaining at the club.

But new Whites director of football Victor Orta confirmed on Monday that Clotet would part company with Leeds ahead of the expiry of his contract on June 30.

Writing on his own personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening, Clotet has revealed he will be seeking a new challenge that does not involve linking up with Monk at Middlesbrough.

Clotet said: “It’s been over three amazing years working alongside my friend Garry Monk but it’s now time for me to move on and look for a new stage in my career.

“I’m grateful to Garry for everything and I wish him all the best, because he truly deserves it.”

James Beattie and Darryl Flahavan are still expected to join Monk at Boro after leaving their roles at Leeds as first team coach and goalkeeping coach respectively.

Their contracts at Leeds also end on June 30.