Monday 19 February 2018

New Leeds owner hands Monk 12-month deal

Leeds United manager Gary Monk. Photo: Getty Images
Leeds United manager Gary Monk. Photo: Getty Images

Andrea Radrizzani plans to take up an option to extend manager Garry Monk's contract by 12 months after the Italian businessman finally gained complete control of Leeds United.

Radrizzani, 42, bought a half stake in the Championship club through his company Aser Group Holding in January and has now acquired the remaining 50pc of shares held by controversial co-owner Massimo Cellino following Leeds's failure to win promotion to the Premier League.

Angus Kinnear, the West Ham United manager director, is expected to join Leeds in the coming days and replace current chief executive, Ben Mansford, who will leave next Wednesday.

Kinnear's impending arrival will form part of the creation of a new management structure that will also involve the appointment of a technical director. Victor Orta, Middlesbrough's chief scout, is one of the contenders for the role.

Leeds will seek to protect themselves in the short term by extending Monk's contract by a year before that option expires next Wednesday.

Monk wants and expects a longer-term deal but discussions over the manager's future were placed on hold while Radrizzani pushed through his buy-out.

A sports TV rights entrepreneur who co-founded the media agency MP & Silva in 2004, Radrizzani will also become Leeds chairman. He told the club's official website he would restore stability and success at Elland Road after a turbulent period in their history. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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