Stam won't leave Reading for Leeds United job

Posted June 13, 2017

"Garry will be officially unveiled at a media conference on Monday".

Monk was appointed as manager of Leeds last summer following his sacking by Swansea City and led the club to the seventh place, despite pre-season expectations of a mid-table finish.

The Dutchman's strong first season caught the attention of new Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani who is now looking to replace Garry Monk after he recently left the club to join Middlesbrough.

"I don't really want to go into the detail of that right now but it didn't suit me and so I had to take a decision. I've signed for three years but I want to do it in the first year".

Monk has yet to finalise his backroom staff or decide the future of former head coach Steve Agnew and won't meet his players until they report back for pre-season training later this month.

Boro opted against appointing the 51-year-old on a permanent basis and have instead turned to Monk after he impressed with Leeds United in 2016-17.

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Radrizzani will be aware that his new man needs to be able to build on that progress if the club are to finally return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.

"It is about looking who is here, assessing them and maybe trying to add to the squad".

Monk believes the 24-year-old will have an important role to play - if he remains at the club.

"Of course, the ambition is to go straight back up". There's no getting away from that.

"I'm ambitious and I want to be working and find that right challenge - that is something I have always wanted", he said. "I've got an opportunity to show myself against and with the best players from our country".