Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes Leeds United boss Garry Monk has done an excellent job since arriving at Elland Road last summer, but hasn’t been surprised by his early managerial success.
Monk has led the Whites into the promotion picture this season, as they currently occupy a play-off spot in the Sky Bet Championship, and Hughton praised the 38-year-old for the impact he’s had at the club.
He said, “For somebody that’s not an older manager, he’s a very experienced man that did a wonderful job at Swansea, with the way that they played and the vision that they were playing in.
“So I knew they [Leeds] were bringing in somebody with great quality. They’ve also recruited well and that’s a big plus for anybody coming into a new job.
“He’s certainly getting the best out of the team. He’s got some very good young players that he’s introduced and there’s a really good mix.
“I expected Garry to do well there. He’s done a really good job, not only with the results, but with the way they’re playing.”
Former Albion striker Chris Wood, who now plays for Leeds, leads the Championship goalscoring chart with 22 goals this season, while Glenn Murray has struck on 18 occasions, and Hughton was full of praise for both forwards.
“I’ve worked with both players for roughly the same period of time. I had Chris Wood at Birmingham for half a season and he scored ten goals, and of course, I’ve had Glenn for more than that now.
“Chris was always a very good striker of the ball, but he’s a big lad and certainly if I looked at him over a period of time, he’s improved his all-round mobility.
“Glenn is one of these very good all-round players. He can score different types of goals, although not too many of them outside the box, but he’s also got a very good work ethic.
“They’re both goalscorers and individuals that like to score goals. They’re two very good number nines that most teams in the Championship would like to have.”
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Hughton highlighted the level of quality within the Championship this season, and pointed out the magnitude of England’s second tier, as Albion’s promotion charge heats up with just nine games remaining.
“It has the fourth largest attendance after Germany [Bundesliga], Spain [La Liga] and the Premier League, and that says something.
“The added bonus to the Championship this season is the quality. I know there are some bigger clubs that perhaps haven’t been in the position people would have expected them to be in.
“But certainly with the likes of Leeds, Huddersfield, Fulham and Barnsley, the brand of football has been very exciting and very expansive.
“The quality has been excellent, and with that, there’s also been the normal competitiveness of this division.”