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Monk has summer signings on his mind - but waits to see what his role will be

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

Players like Marvin Emnes may have their future up in the air, but the same can be said for coach Garry Monk.

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GARRY Monk has a list of potential summer signings in mind and he has an idea about which Swansea City players he might look to move on.

He has discussed pre-season with Swansea's hierarchy, with plans for a trip abroad in July close to being finalised.

But for the moment, Monk is unsure if what goes on at Swansea next season will have anything to do with him.

Right now, he concedes, he does not know whether he will be going on "a long holiday" come the end of this campaign, or immediately switching his attention to 2014-15.

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Right now, Monk's future is murky.

And if Swansea can see off Aston Vila tomorrow, he hopes things will soon become a little clearer.

"I think it's best for the club, for me, for everyone, if we all know what's happening," Monk says.

"I speak to the chairman every day about day-to-day things, but he hasn't said anything about the future.

"But hopefully, if we can get a result this weekend and get ourselves mathematically safe, we will sit down next week and decide what's happening.

"I haven't pushed anything with the chairman and the board because my job isn't done yet this season.

"I am not concerned that he hasn't said anything. My only concern at the moment is to get the club mathematically safe first.

"Hopefully we can do that as soon as possible, and then I can sit down with the chairman and the board and clarify the situation for the good of everyone."

Monk acknowledges he has "had an input" into Swansea's plans for pre-season.

"I don't care where we go as long as the facilities are good," he explains.

His thinking is that whether he is in charge or not, Swansea will have to go somewhere to prepare for next season.

As for the playing staff, Monk is understood to have discussed possible targets with Huw Jenkins and Co.

He also has ideas on those players who are already at Swansea.

No senior figure is out of contract this summer, but Jonathan de Guzman, Roland Lamah, Marvin Emnes and Alvaro Vazquez all see loans come to an end, while David Ngog's short-term deal expires, so decisions have to be made.

"You have to have things in your mind," Monk adds.

"You have to think about that sort of thing, but it's not fair for me to talk to players about anything like that unless I am officially the manager.

"Again that highlights that the sooner the clarification comes, the better it will be for everyone."

Quite where Monk would end up should Swansea's owners decide they want a new boss is uncertain.

He is unlikely to go back to being a player having had a stint in charge, while he might have reservations about coaching under someone else.

Monk hopes he does not have to contemplate either scenario.

He admits that being Swansea's head coach has been even more demanding than he expected — "I used to have a life," he jokes — but is in no mood to stand aside having been handed this big chance at the age of 35.

"I would be stupid to say I didn't want this job," Monk declares.

"It's been a great opportunity for me, but we'll have to wait and see if it carries on."

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  • Spikey1953i  |  April 26 2014, 9:50AM

    There are many excellent PL managers available to us, would be another major error by the board to appoint GM, have him on the coaching staff but not in charge, this has been a very difficult season and at this stage we are not yet safe from relegation. The board have to realise that good Pl players are not cheap, we will need an experienced manager next season who has the ability to totally over haul the squad, at least 8 players will have to leave and the same number of new players brought in, players who are of PL class not championship level, if HJ can put aside his personal ambition of being manager we will have a chance of survival next year otherwise we will be in the same position next season.

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  • tafia  |  April 26 2014, 6:22AM

    GM has only recently started his coaching ticket he has shall we say started his apprentiship and results to date although not outstanding they can be considered favourable under the cir***satnce he found himself in. Nothing to say that apprentiship cannot continue under the influence of an experienced manager where GM can continue to learn and be involved with the coaching etc. Many posters are correct when they say that a big name will attract big players and we do need a change or additions to the playing staff if we are to continue to be succesful a shrewd and experienced manager will have the contacts to achieve the best results for them to consider Swansea. No doubt GM will make the grade one day but that day I believe is yet to come after he has learned his trade.

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  • CroJack  |  April 26 2014, 4:36AM

    12 points from 11 games is good, and I expect these stats to be improved by wins against Villa and Southampton, and maybe against Sunderland too.

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  • KP287  |  April 26 2014, 3:46AM

    yankytaff, i understand what you are saying and you know my thoughts on Monk, but points not results count whether it`s against the top or bottom and playing well but losing or drawing is irrelevant when it comes to the nitty gritty of league position, developing the club, attracting and keeping players. If HJ and the board appointed Monk, that to me would show no ambition, would I feel be the cheap option and we would struggle to attract and keep players, Michu back in Spain for treatment, I am not convinced...

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  • yankytaff  |  April 25 2014, 11:08PM

    KP different people have have different perspectives. If you look purely @ the PL games since Monk took over out of 11 games we've won 3, lost 5 and drew 3, of the 5 we lost 3 were to teams in the top 4 2 away from home, 1 at home when we played with 10 men for 70 minutes, another was a 1-0 away loss to Hull, the loss to W.Brom at home was v.poor. The draws were against Arsenal and Stoke both away games and the 1st time we've ever taken a point off Stoke the home draw against Palace followed a EL match with a sick squad, the 3 wins were granted 2 we should always have won and the Newcastle win last week. This doesn't mean I support GM getting the job but people will always have differing perspectives and outcomes are often decided on which perspectives individuals/groups decide to view something.

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  • KP287  |  April 25 2014, 7:07PM

    Appoint Garry Monk, by just avoiding relegation, no ambition on here at all. What players would make a beeline for Swansea with Garry who?? Get real... He has an appalling record in charge and is out of his depth. If he started next season with 3 wins in 13 games, you would all be calling for his head. We need a manager with a reputation to attract the players we are going to need next season and maybe keep some of our existing ones, if he wants to manage fine, league 1 or 2...

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  • waunarlwydd  |  April 25 2014, 1:40PM

    I hope we appoint him properly when we are safe. When not if. He will do as good a job as anybody. Confidence 👍😊

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  • daifloyd  |  April 25 2014, 1:21PM

    I would imagine that one of the considerations that HJ and board would have in deciding whether GM would be the manager next year is if we avoid relegation. With a win over Villa tomorrow we are safe, and the decision to let ML go was correct and gutsy. GM knows well that his future as manager is reliant on retaining premier league status. If we do that, it would not be amiss if GM were given a chance next year. I think the players have responded positively to him as manager. I think he would do a fine job.

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  • Lynbaz  |  April 25 2014, 11:59AM

    We can but hope, yankee.......

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  • yankytaff  |  April 25 2014, 9:50AM

    Whoever the manager is I hope HJ and the board don't go shopping in the Championship again. HJ moaned about the £12 million paid for Bony but that £12 million will be what keeps us in the PL (if we stay up) staying in the PL is worth £60 MIllion+ a good return on £12 million investment. Hopefully HJ and co have realised you can't maintain PL status on a Championship transfer budget.

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