Oh great, we get to hear from Garry Monk as to why he left Leeds. Again. So which story will he tell this time?
"There was no intention to offer me a long-term project." Garry Monk tells @BBCTees his reasons for leaving Leeds United - and says he's not concerned about a hostile reception at Elland Road on Sunday:https://t.co/62wY3yYeWW pic.twitter.com/qnUefkWGq5— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) November 17, 2017
We’ve been over this before. Monk says that the team wasn’t going to back him, Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani say they had discussed extending Monk’s contact with him before he up and quit and went to Boro.
At some point, you have to choose which narrative that seems the most likely. Considering Monk gave an interview a few weeks ago in which he said that he never intended on staying at Leeds, and totally contradicted earlier statements he had made, I’m willing to give Radrizzani the benefit of the doubt, if for no other reason than the club really did seem shocked after Monk left.
It seems like Monk wanted to quit because he didn’t want to work for a Director of Football and thought that the Boro job, with the parachute payments from the Smoggies year in the Premier League, would be a better job. But rather than say “I quit for what I thought would be a better job,” Monk has constantly tried to make someone else the bad guy in the whole situation, and blame everything on everyone else.
It was still Monk’s decision to leave, and rather than own up to it, Monk has tried to play it both ways. And he wonders why Leeds fans call him a snake.
Anyway, on to the links.
Leeds United Links
Caleb Ekuban looks to be fit for the match against Middlesbrough. [Through It All Together]
Teams outside of the top six places in the Championship at the 17 match mark usually aren’t in the promotion discussion at the end of the season. So if Leeds lose Sunday against Boro, can we kiss any chance Leeds has of promotion this season goodbye? [Through It All Together]
Latest Mighty Whites Podcast now available. [Through It All Together]
England and English football Links
Tony Pulis says that West Bromwich Albion will struggle to find a better manager than him if he’s canned. So, that means he’s gone, right? [The Independent]
A Sunderland fan takes a critical look at Martin Bain and Ellis Short’s reign at the Stadium of Light. [Roker Report]
Meanwhile, Chris Coleman has quit Wales to take up the manager position at Sunderland. [Sky Sports.com]
World Football Links
Borussia Dortmund lost again, this time to Stuttgart. Is this the end of Bosz? [Fear The Wall]
Does New York City FC get the whole “Designated Player” thing at all? Or do they get it all wrong? [Hudson River Blue]
FC Cincinnati wants to get some government assistance for their new stadium, but the way that the fans of the Columbus Crew SC and the city of Columbus, who are literally just up the road, have been treated by MLS and the owner of the Crew makes it a really, really tough sell. [Journal-News]