first_imgGarry Monk has explained he had to leave Leeds United because he didn’t ‘align’ with the Elland Road club’s new ownership.Appointed Leeds boss last summer, Monk appeared on his way to guiding the Whites to a play-off place – though a late season collapse saw them miss out on a top six finish.The 38-year-old was expected to extend his stay with the Yorkshire club, but talks with owner Andrea Radrizzani broke down after the Italian completed his full takeover.Radrizzani purchased the remaining 50 per cent of Leeds from Massimo Cellino on May 23 to take full ownership, and just two days later Monk’s resignation was confirmed.He has since been appointed Middlesbrough manager on a three-year deal, and speaking to talkSPORT Monk has revealed it was the ownership which caused him to depart Elland Road.He said: “I loved [my time at Leeds]. It was a situation where I went into Leeds, a fantastic club, and got to work straight away.“My only thought at that point last season was to be at Leeds and to continue at Leeds.“But once you go through that new process – the new ownership – after the season had finished when I got to speak to the ownership there and have those discussions, it was one of those where it didn’t align with how I felt I need to work at my best to take the club forward.“And that happens.”Relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, Boro will be aiming to achieve an immediate return to the top flight.Chairman Steve Gibson has done well to hire one of the most highly rated young managers in the English game, and Monk admitted Gibson played a key role in his decision to move to Teesside.“When you speak to him, the passion he has, the desire he has, for this club – the determination – was something that really struck me.“I’m a determined person myself, and I said I wanted to be challenged. And this is a real challenge for me – and for Middlesbrough itself.“Once I spoke to him it was very clear this would be the right club and the right opportunity for myself.”last_img read more