Garry Monk unveiled at Middlesbrough and reveals why he wanted the job

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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.

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.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported on Saturday that the 44-year-old is on the Whites' shortlist to step in for Monk at Elland Road following his departure last month.

Monk has not ruled out singing new players. There's no getting away from that.

"I have signed for three years but ideally, I want promotion at the first attempt".

"You saw that the three teams that went down last season, only one made it back and in previous seasons gone by it has been very hard for teams to make it back. It's a competitive and hard league but this club is equipped and we're all determined to do it".

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They came away as losers for the seventh time in nine European Cup finals having also lost to Barcelona in 2015. We won Serie A and the Coppa Italia and reached the Champions League final .

"There's a lot of interest in Jaap from English clubs and elsewhere in Europe but he is loyal to Reading, the club who gave him his chance in English football", Timmer told Dutch football magazine Voetbal International.

"Ben is one of a number here who is integral to the club", added Monk. If a big club in the Premier League knocks it might be a different story, the club is so realistic also.

The 24-year-old could make his senior worldwide debut when England take on France in a friendly tomorrow, having been an unused substitute in Sunday's World Cup qualifier with Scotland, and his performances in the Premier League last season make him one of the most in-demand players in the country.

"Once I spoke to Steve it was very clear this was the right club for me", the coach admitted.

An announcement on Monk's backroom staff is set to be made later in the week.

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