Garry Monk targets promotion after taking the reins at Leeds United

Former Swansea City boss is the seventh coach to manager the second-tier English club since it was bought two years ago by Massimo Cellino

PUBLISHED : Friday, 03 June, 2016, 12:17am
UPDATED : Friday, 03 June, 2016, 12:17am

Leeds United’s new manager Garry Monk will focus on reviving the club’s fortunes rather than worrying about becoming owner Massimo Cellino’s next sacking, he said after his appointment on Thursday.

The former Swansea City boss is the seventh coach to manage the second-tier English club since it was bought two years ago and succeeds Steve Evans, who was sacked on Tuesday after just seven months in charge.

No one will ever expect more than me from myself
New Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Monk, dismissed by Premier League Swansea in December after almost two years in charge, has signed a one-year rolling contract at Elland Road.

But he gave short shrift to the inevitable questions at his first news conference about his likely “shelf life” under Cellino, who is on his seventh manager since acquiring Leeds in 2014.

“It isn’t my focus. My focus is on the football,” he said.

Asked whether the Leeds owner had set him a minimum goal, he replied: “It isn’t about that. No one will ever expect more than me from myself.”

But he said his own target was promotion back to the Premier League, where Leeds last played in 2004.

“That is what we are all here for,” he said.