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Ex-Leeds United man delivers honest verdict on Garry Monk’s decision to resign

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Speaking to BBC 5 Live Sport, Alex Bruce has backed Garry Monk’s decision to leave Leeds United and take the managerial vacancy at Middlesbrough this summer.

After leading Leeds to seventh in the Sky Bet Championship last season, Monk surprised many by quitting Elland Road in May, before taking over at Boro ahead of their return to the second-tier.

Monk revealed he and new owner, Andrea Radrizzani, not been able to negotiate a way forward as the reason behind his decision to quit, shortly before he agreed to takeover at the Riverside Stadium.

Bruce, who played for Leeds between 2010 and 2012, has backed Monk’s choice to move to Boro, claiming the uncertainty at Elland Road will have made the decision easy, he told 5 Live: “They (Leeds’ fans) were desperate for him to stay, for him to leave and go to Middlesbrough was a huge kick in the teeth for those Leeds United supporters.

“If you’ve got the choice and you’re Garry Monk, you have Leeds in turmoil, with the ownership up in the air and you don’t really know where it is going. And you have the choice to go work for a good club in Middlesbrough, with a great chance to get back in the Premier League, backed by a good owner in Steve Gibson, there is no decision to make is there?”

Monk and Boro are among the favourites for promotion in the Championship next season, and begin their quest for the Premier League this weekend, when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

The 38-year-old has been backed by Gibson in the transfer window, with the addition of Britt Assombalonga, who cost an astonishing £15m, standing out.

Leeds begin life after Monk on Sunday, when they travel to Bolton Wanderers, with Thomas Christiansen set for his first competitive game in the dugout.

Monk does not return to Elland Road until November 18th.

The Verdict

Despite the shock of Monk quitting Elland Road back in May, with hindsight his decision is no surprise, with the 38-year-old handed the resources at Boro for a real push for promotion.

Leeds’ supporters will still be gutted by Monk’s decision, but the Whites are embarking on a new area under Radrizzani’s ownership and will be hoping to challenge Boro for a place in the top-six next season.

However, the contest between Leeds and Boro will be interesting, with Monk sure to be the centre of attention.

Let us know your thoughts on Monk’s decision to quit Elland Road!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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