Monk leaves Leeds after Radrizzani takeover

Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani has expressed his shock at Garry Monk's sudden departure as head coach.

However, the pendulum seems to have swung back towards Monk after it was confirmed on Thursday afternoon that the 38-year-old chose to walk away from Elland Road.

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani, who took full control of Leeds earlier this week, had made it clear he wished to extend Monk's contract by another 12 months - as per a clause in his existing deal - but after two meetings between the pair no deal was reached.

Radrizzani's reply to Phil Hay's tweet seems to show that Monk was actively seeing that his future was not at Elland Road, his resignation leaving the Whites with the building blocks of success that other must add to.

Either way, United are left looking for a ninth permanent manager in just over four years, with Aitor Karanka the early front-runner.

But the benefactor was still left reeling by Monk's decision to quit - less than a month after guiding Leeds to their most successful season since dropping out of the Premier League 13 years ago.

Monk was expected to pen a new deal, at least for 12 months, and it is understood he was at Elland Road on Wednesday and gave little clue that a resignation was coming.

"Shocking news from GM".

Radrizzani took to Twitter to deny that he had been unwilling to discuss a long-term contract with Monk, saying: "We were keen to do (a) three-year deal".

"Following that meeting yesterday Garry's agent requested that the option was not exercised and his resignation was received this morning. But no regrets, we did our best".

However, Radrizzani will wake for his third day in charge of the club with his former manager the favourite to take over at Middlesbrough and their former boss the favourite to move to Leeds.

"We thank Garry for his contribution during his time at Leeds United".

"After discussions with the new owners, we have unfortunately been unable for us to find a way to move forward together".

  • Julie Sanders