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Boro 'may be answer to Monk's prayers'.

Byline: DOMINIC SHAW dominic.shaw@trinitymirror.com @DOMSHAWGAZETTE

STABLE ownership and the chance to work on a long-term project at Boro will appeal to out-of-work boss Garry Monk, says a Sky Sports pundit.

David Prutton says Leeds United's fans would be "upset" if the current favourite for the Boro job took charge at the Riverside this summer.

And the Football League TV pundit is intrigued by the former Swansea manager's next move following his decision to step down at Elland Road last week after just one season in charge.

"I know Garry is favourite for the Middlesbrough job and it will always be the case that Leeds fans would be upset by something like that," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"That's absolutely right, it's a great club and it's their life, soul and heart that they put into it.

"Middlesbrough's fans might say 'but we have just come out of the Premier League', albeit with an absolute whimper but they have got the most recent Premier League experience and when you look at their ownership it has been consistent. They have also been financially sound.

"I don't know if I am biased but, having played at Boro and at Elland Road, I can tell you which ones are noisier and a noisier place to play football which is pretty obvious.

"But you hear about projects now and all that type of thing and for Garry that wasn't at Leeds.

"I have heard Garry talk about projects and being in a position to build something. Garry obviously views that as being better elsewhere."

Monk decided to leave Leeds just days after new owner Andrea Radrizzani completed his takeover of the club, with the Italian looking to change the managerial structure at Elland Road - resulting in the addition of Victor Orta as director of football.

Radrizzani was understood to be keen on keeping Monk and was going to trigger a one-year extension to his deal. But Monk was thought to want assurances over his long-term future at the club.

The former defender is understood to be interested in the Boro job and thought to be on Steve Gibson's shortlist. As things stand he's odds on, with the bookies still believing it's a two-horse race between Monk and former Boro skipper Nigel Pearson.

Monk has experience of the Championship as a player with Swansea and during his year in charge of Leeds. The Whites were long-time play-off contenders before falling away late on and missing out on a top six spot.

Prutton felt Leeds were well placed to kick-on with Monk at the helm.

"I think it's a huge blow Garry Monk leaving, not only because of what people had seen on the pitch but also because he seemed to really throw everybody together," he said.

"He built up a really good relationship between himself and the fans and he was a bit of a buffer between the owner and the fans.

"He gave the fans that bit of hope they needed to get through these slightly tougher times. I think everybody went into the season cautiously optimistic."

He added: "Garry is still very young, especially in a managerial sense because the ones we revere are the ones that are 10 or 15 years into it and who have got a good body of work.

"But he's obviously found himself in a position where he believes what he wants to do, and thought is he in a position where he is going to have the time to showcase what he can do? He believes that Leeds isn't that.

"That's his short-term position, which he obviously hopes pays dividends in the long term with him being in a job which he will be a bit more suited to and what he wants it to be.

"You would think that no managerial job is ever perfect and you'd think that no matter how powerful the manager is, I am sure you would always have to compromise on certain things.

"But thoughts and beliefs are what make managers what they are and if Garry believes that it wasn't going to be what he wanted it to be at Leeds then it's a manager's prerogative."

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Date:Jun 3, 2017
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