The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Law­ton

MAN­AGER Garry Monk in­sists the Leeds United play­ers are fully be­hind him and his meth­ods de­spite a mixed start to the new sea­son for the for­mer Swansea City supremo and his team.

United are no strangers to changes of lead­er­ship, with owner Mas­simo Cellino sack­ing six dif­fer­ent man­agers in just three years at the club.

Monk, 37, has signed a one-year rolling con­tract but is con­fi­dent the 2-1 win over Black­burn Rovers in mid­week is a sign that their form is im­prov­ing.

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

“They un­der­stand the level of de­tail we’re giv­ing to the play­ers and ev­ery­one’s very fo­cused on what we’re do­ing.

“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.”

Monk, sacked by Swansea in De­cem­ber, is con­fi­dent the work he is putting in is what’s re­quired but added that he’ll need time.

“From within, the owner and ev­ery­one, they’ve been sup­port­ive,” Monk said.

“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.

“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.”

POS­I­TIVE: Garry Monk

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