Monk says his Leeds efforts are ‘clearly good enough’

Date published: Friday 16th September 2016 9:45

Garry Monk: Backed himself

Garry Monk: Backed himself

Leeds United boss Garry Monk believes what he is “delivering” at Elland Road is “clearly good enough”.

The former Swansea gaffer has defended his time at the Championship club after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Blackburn eased the increasing pressure on the 37-year-old.

There have been reports circulating that Monk’s tenure could be coming to an end, despite the midweek success over Blackburn, with Massimo Cellino pondering making another managerial change – his seventh in two and a half years since taking control on the Yorkshire club.

Leeds have collected just seven points from seven games and sit in 18th spot, but ahead of the weekend’s clash with Cardiff, Monk has defended his time at the club.

“You could see clearly from the players on Tuesday – their performance, their reaction afterwards and how committed everyone is to what we’re doing here,” Monk told the Evening Post. “How supportive they are of the way I go about my job and the plan I have in place.

“That’s internal at the club too. They understand the level of detail we’re giving to these players and everyone’s very focused on what we’re doing. We’re progressing. We’ve shown progression from where we were at the start of the season to where we are now. “It’s small steps and we keep working hard but everyone believes in each other. Everyone wants to continue in this way.”

Monk says he has blocked out all the talk of getting the boot: “I don’t play attention to that. You can only control what you can control,” he added.

“I’ve signed a one-year contract. That’s my commitment to the club and that’s the club’s commitment to me. From within, the owner and everyone, they’ve been supportive, They’ve seen how we work, they enjoy how we work and they enjoy the high level of detail and quality we give to the group. The players enjoy it too. You could see from the reaction on Tuesday how committed they are.

“That’s the only thing I focus on. It’s the only indicator for me – whether what I’m delivering is good enough and I think it clearly is. Yes, there are ups and downs but that’s the nature of football. I keep saying it takes time but that’s the truth.”

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