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Wood hopes new Leeds will keep building

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/06/2017 By Liam Blackburn

New Zealand captain Chris Wood has urged Garry Monk's managerial successor at Leeds United to use the groundwork he laid at Elland Road.

Wood's club side, who narrowly missed out on making the Championship play-offs last season, are beginning a new era following Monk's decision to vacate his post just days after Andrea Radrizzani completed his takeover.

Monk not only brought stability to the Yorkshire side following a slew of managers, but also guided them to their first top-half finish in six years.

Wood wants Leeds' next manager to use his predecessor's work as a platform, rather than shaking things up.

"We've got the foundations, you have to build on it," Wood told Press Association Sport.

"We can't be tearing those down to start new ones. Hopefully the manager that does come in will build on them and bring his own style but keeping the style that we had last season."

Wood says he was disappointed to learn Monk wouldn't be staying.

"It's unfortunate that he had his reasons after speaking with the owner - it just didn't come to the fore that he could continue.

"It's football, it's life, we've got to move on from it and look to the future and we wish him all the best."

The 25-year-old, the 27-goal top scorer in last season's Championship, is grateful to be close to home this week for New Zealand's friendly with Northern Ireland in Belfast on Friday.

Many of Anthony Hudson's squad have made a 30-hour trip for a fixture that will serve as a warm-up for the Confederations Cup in Russia later this month.

Wood normally makes the reverse journey to represent his country having left home at just 16 to try and make it in England with West Brom.

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