Garry Monk has left Leeds
Leeds were only taken over three days ago, with Italian Andrea Radrizzani replacing Massimo Cellino.
Radrizzani had planned to trigger a one-year option to keep Monk at Elland Road with a view to negotiating a longer contract.
But Monk has told Leeds he won't be staying beyond the end of his contract next month and has opted to leave with no compensation due.
And with Crystal Palace and Watford looking for new managers, with Sam Allardyce having also quit this month and the Hornets sacking Walter Mazzarri before the end of the season, Monk could find himself back in the Premier League two years after getting the sack at Swansea.
“Shocking news from Garry Monk,” said Radrizzani on Twitter. “We were keen to do three-year deal. We never receive any request from him and his agent. No regrets, we did our best.”
Monk had just enjoyed a fruitful first season in charge and took Leeds from perennial mid-table fodder to play-off contenders until their charge faded over the final month.
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Shocking news from Garry Monk
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani
Last night Leeds said in a statement: “Mr Radrizzani has met with Garry twice since taking over at Elland Road earlier this week and during the second meeting yesterday it became clear that Garry was considering life beyond Leeds United, as at no time did Garry wish to discuss terms for a longer contract.
Former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has been installed as the early favourite to replace Monk.
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At the Riverside Stadium Karanka worked alongside Victor Orta, who is expected to be appointed as Leeds’ new technical director after stepping down as Middlesbrough’s head of recruitment on Wednesday.
Alan Pardew and Nigel Pearson, who are both out of work, have also been mentioned.
Monk has also been linked with the vacant Middlesbrough job.