Well, wasn't yesterday's news a bit of a shocker? I can't imagine many fans will have expected that. Much like finding the square root of x, we'll never be privy to the root cause of the issue, nor the instance of what went wrong.
The news is still extremely peculiar after both parties looked set to agree on a new three year deal after the club had activated his 12 month extension before his deal expired. A smart move to ward off any other potential suitors.
Whether or not Monk believed the extension was a tongue in cheek way of stalling on a deal is irrelevant and the fact is, Leeds were marking sure that they had their manager secure. Any issue Monk had with that would be downright pathetic.
I also can't believe for one second that the offer of a long term deal wasn't on the table by Radrizanni. The new owner doesn't seem the man to give lip service on an issue and then be doing something completely different in the background.
The club look on the up, so for Monk to just walk out on the project is extremely out of the blue. Whether he has received a better offer or believes Leeds were only a stepping stone may be a miscalculation by the man.
Having spent time in the press area I can say with no doubts in my mind that for most of the season Monk was extremely happy at the club and was energetic about what was next for Leeds.
However, on the final home game against Norwich, all the I's and we's that had been present all season when talking about the future had turned to 'the club'. It seemed his attitude had changed a little after it was confirmed we would not be reaching the playoffs. It could have been nothing or it could have been the start of Monk looking ahead of his time at Leeds United.
The only issues that come to mind when you look at the resignation fall into where Radrizanni and Monk wanted to be next season. A number of things would have fallen into the contract negotiations including; contract lengths, transfer committees, transfer budgets, Monks wages or even where he was expected to finish.
I do think that this is Monks decision and his alone. I can't see any issues coming from Leeds' end but I do believe that if Radrizanni knew he was taking the club forward at the end of the season, a deal should have been done during the season. None of this would have been an issue and more than likely we'd already be planning for next season.
We'll never know the truth but we'll always know our fans. A massive well done to the 15,000 that have placed orders for their new season tickets - a massive achievement.
We are a club with a lot of pulling power now that could temp a higher class of manager, a good squad that will need some investment and the best damn fans on the god damn planet!
Let's move on from this, pick our feet up and march on. This is no time to fret or give up, support the club and the owner and look forward to a great season.
By Ryan Ingham
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