Former Swansea boss walked out on the Championship side after failing to agree terms on a new contract
GARRY MONK has released an emotional statement after he quit Leeds United.
The former Swansea boss seemed set to sit down with the club’s new owners and extend his stay at Elland Road.
But – after finishing seventh in his first season in charge – he has walked away from the Championship side after failing to agree terms.
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Monk’s staement read: “It is with huge disappointment that my time at Leeds United has come to an end.
“My intention was always to remain at Leeds and I saw myself at this fantastic club for many years to come. However, ultimately no agreement could be reached.
“After discussions with the new owner, we have unfortunately been unable to agree a suitable way for us to all move forward together.
“Working at such a huge and historic club as Leeds United has been a true honour and myself and staff put our all into what was an excellent season.
“It was a campaign in which we were set the objective of improving things across the board on the field, in the wake of what have been a difficult few years for the club.
“I believe that we managed not only to considerably improve our results, but I would also like to think we gave the loyal Leeds United fans and the city of Leeds a team and a club of which they can once again feel proud.
“Hopefully and I’m sure that the many foundations we have put in place here can be built upon and it’s my desire to see this amazing club back in the Premier League, where it belongs.
“I would like to thank all of the players, who have been a real privilege to work with every day.
“They are on the right track to become very successful and boast the potential to be top players for this club, of that I have no doubt.
“I’d like to thank all the staff at the club. First and foremost, my first-team staff, I am very grateful for the hard work and commitment you put in to last season.
“I also wish to thank the staff at the Academy, Thorp Arch, Elland Road and the matchday personnel at the stadium, who have all made myself and my family feel most welcome.
“I’d like to thank both Massimo Cellino and Andrea Radrizzani. Particular thanks go to Massimo, who helped bring me and my staff to this tremendous football club.
“I would also like to wish Andrea good luck and success during his tenure as the Leeds United owner.
“Last but most definitely not least, I’d like to give my thanks and express my appreciation to all the supporters. You are amazingly loyal and passionate.
“The support you have offered me makes me feel immensely proud.
“I will always cherish those amazing atmospheres you created at Elland Road last season and the complete takeovers of opposition grounds, with thousands of you travelling to every game.
“Your unbelievable support is deserving of a place amongst the elite and belongs in the Premier League.
“Finally, I’d like to wish Leeds United and everyone associated with the club a very successful future.