Relegated side from the top flight, Middlesbrough FC have named former Leeds United coach Garry Monk as the new boss to lead the team as they settle to life in the Championship.
Monk is expected to be unveiled on Monday to the public. The 38-year old left his former club recently. There are reports that he was unable to reach an agreement with the new owner of Leeds Andrea Radrizzani.
The boss has experience managing Swansea in the top flight back in 2014 before leading United to a top seven finish in the Championship this season.
Boro former coaches Steve Agnew and AitorKaranka were unable to help the club remain in the top flight after just a year there. Agnew came on in March but the rot was too bad to be rectified as they returned to the second division. (more…)
Garry Monk is doing something that has not been accomplished in a significantly long period of time as the English manager is pushing Leicester City to the top 5 spots of the English League Championship.
Monk took over Leicester City on June 2 of 2016 as he replaced Steve Evans and even though it has not even been 1 year since he has arrived to Elland Road, fans of the club have already taken a liking to the English manager and want to see Garry Monk stay in charge of the club for an extended period of time than what his contract has stated.
The current contract of Garry Monk expires in the summer and for the past few weeks, discussions and rumors have been going on involving what is going to happen with Monk when his contract with Leicester City reaches it’s end and if he is interested in staying beyond what his original deal established. (more…)
Aston Villa captain Micah Richards is set to remain with his club despite numerous links away from the club, reports say.
Steve Bruce still has him in his plans and he featured the player during the 2-2 draw with Preston North End on Matchday 18. Premier League side West Ham were willing to snap up the veteran. Hull City and Sunderland were also linked to the star last summer but the player decided to remain.
He struggled to get action time during former boss Roberto Di Matteo but seems to have hope with Bruce in charge, possibly why he decided to remain at the club.
Richards still has two years and half on his current deal and it seems the 28-year old hopes for a renewal with time. He only just recovered from a knee injury and would hope Bruce selects him for forthcoming games. (more…)
After 12 years away from top-flight English football Leeds United fans are seriously hoping to get Champions League football and United midfielder Kalvin Phillips is also hopeful.
“I went to Elland Road for the first time when I was nine years old. I was sat in the top tier and the atmosphere was mad. I just remember thinking ‘imagine of I was out there.’ Making my home debut was a really special day for me and my family, and to score a goal is something that’ll always be in my heart.
“When I walked out for the game, I thought it was mental. It would be a dream come true for me to be in the Premier League with this team,” Phillips disclosed to BBC Sport. (more…)
Leeds United does not believe that the club president, Massimo Cellino broke any of the Football Association rules after his name was mentioned in a report investigating corruption in British football.
The statement read: “Leeds United and MrCellino were contacted yesterday (Wednesday September 28) by The Daily Telegraph in relation to their investigation in football, which has involved undercover reporters purporting to represent an investment and sports management company.
“The Daily Telegraph informed Leeds United and MrCellino that they were considering publishing an article and asked Leeds United and MrCellino to respond to a number of questions. Through the club’s solicitors, a request was made to The Daily Telegraph for a full copy of any transcript involving MrCellino and/or any related audio and visual recordings.
“The Daily Telegraph refused to provide such information and as such the club declined to respond further at the time. The club has reviewed the supposed ‘evidence’ that The Daily Telegraph have published. At no time in this video clip has MrCellino suggested getting around the FA’s rules on third-party ownership of players.
“In complete contrast to what has been suggested, MrCellino has made a perfectly proper suggestion which is entirely consistent with the FA’s regulations, as the only parties entitled to take benefit from ownership of a player is the club itself.”
The allegations broke out just 24 hours after the former England manager Sam Allardyce and the FA mutually agreed that he would leave the England managerial job due to a similar report by the newspaper, in which the 61-year-old was recorded claiming he could offer guidance on how to “get round” transfer rules.
Leeds United appointed current manager Garry Monk this summer but he is fighting to retain the job after just four games.
Club owner Massimo Cellino is reported to be having issues with the new coach with his performance in his opening three games, according to David Anderson of the Daily Mirror. The English Championship outfit played League One club Fleetwood, almost losing the game until a goal in the last minute. The game was decided by a penalty shootout and turned out to be a life saver. Next Monk couldn’t do a thing as they were thumped by Queen Park Rangers 3-0 in the first game of the season. The team couldn’t spring any magic despite playing host to Birmingham so they lost 2-1. The only point they have so far in the Championship was gotten when they forced Fulham to a 1-1 draw.
The Daily Mail report say Cellino is most willing to salvage the situation before it becomes embarrassing. Monk has funds to get fresh legs into the team, but to be fair he lost some players too. The report added that had Leeds lost the game, United could have been in the market searching for a replacement before the next game, but the draw at Fulham gave him a lifeline. Monk finally saved his job when he supervised the 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday. The scare is not over as they play Luton Town in the second round of the EFL Cup. They play hosts to Huddersfield in the West Yorkshire derby as well.