Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has spoken out regarding Garry Monk’s resignation stating he is shocked by the former manager’s decision.

The Swedish centre-back admitted to some friction between him and the 38-year-old as he was mysteriously dropped from the Championship side despite his consistently impressive form.

However, the former Torino player has nothing but gratitude for Monk and is full of praises for the English manager.

“I like Garry enormously. It came right shocking to me if I’ll be honest”, Jansson told Swedish newspaper Fotboll Skanalen.

“It was my girlfriend who called me yesterday and said, when I did not even know what had happened.

“He’s been awesome, really nice people, good football coach. He’s meant a lot to many, not just for me.

“He gave me confidence, above all, time for me to mature as a player and person. He believed in me from day one. He has taught me a lot. We have had our tussles, but we’ve always had respect for each other and knew we liked each other.”

Monk who was appointed head coach last summer, resigned just two days after Andrea Radrizzani completed his takeover at Leeds.

The former Swansea manager was the first head coach in three years to serve a full season at Elland Road and eventually led his side to a stable seventh place finish in the Championship.

Having already been linked with Middlesbrough, Monk could also be making a return to the Premier League with teams like Crystal Palace on the lookout for a new manager.

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