Leeds United made some important signings during the January transfer window. Pablo Hernandez signed on a permanent deal, Mo Barrow from Swansea and Alfonso Pedraza from Villarreal. Pontus Jansson signed up a couple of days later and all seems good. Now it’s time to focus on the man making it happen at the football club, Garry Monk.
Garry Monk has been the most productive manager/head-coach to arrive at Leeds United in over a decade. Simon Grayson got the job done when we needed it but was limited due to the ropes that he was held back on via owner at the time, Ken Bates. Monk hasn’t needed much time to get Leeds moving in the right direction despite a poor start. The poor start was limited to the first month and a half before a run started. We lost a game, another run started and that has been the case as the season has moved on. We have to bounce back this weekend against Cardiff City and make sure we go on another run which sees us pushing the teams above us again.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out why Garry Monk and Massimo Cellino agreed on a one-year rolling contract at the club. Massimo Cellino has been forking out for sacked managers since the birth of Jesus and finally seemed to realise he could avoid such issues by giving a deal that means wages and pay-outs are limited. Garry Monk will have been looking from the outside in wondering if his reputation could be effected by agreeing to work for Cellino, a one-year deal a good starting point to work each other out and see if things move in the right direction. It seems all the worries were only that. Monk has taken us head on into a battle for the play-offs and his job is probably safer than any Leeds managers in years. No problem.
Now the January transfer window is shut and we have a new part-owner in Andrea Radrizzani we need to look at this before it becomes an issue. What I mean by it “becoming an issue” is simple. Pontus Jansson was asked and asked and asked about his new deal and eventually, after the window had gone we got him. Why not attack the Monk deal soon and get it done, be more organised and bring more stability to everyone involved. People will say all the time there is no rush for contracts and the likes but realistically nobody wants to be wondering where they could be or what could happen next season. Garry Monk wants to stay, Leeds want him to stay. That to me makes things much easier. Sign him up.
Andrea Radrizzani said when he first arrived he wanted to sit down with Garry Monk and get it sorted. Garry Monk has said he is planning long-term at the club so there is no need for this to drag out. A deal for Monk shouldn’t affect what’s happening on the pitch at all. Everyone has a job to do, we have 16 games left and we need to focus, making sure we don’t throw the chance at the play-offs down the toilet. A new deal for Garry Monk would give everyone at the club a huge boost and there aren’t many people who could argue with that. Hopefully this is the next priority off the field.