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Garry Monk set for two-year Swansea City deal

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

Garry Monk set to sign two-year deal

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GARRY Monk looks set to be appointed Swansea City boss on a two-year deal this week.

Swansea’s owners are thought to have decided they will put their faith in Monk at a board meeting held last Friday.

And the long-time Swansea skipper, who has led the club to Premier League safety having replaced Michael Laudrup in February, should be confirmed as the Dane’s permanent successor in the next few days.

Swansea’s owners have given little away regarding the managerial situation.

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But in his programme notes for this weekend’s game against Southampton, chairman Huw Jenkins praised the job Monk has done.

“Making a managerial change mid-season is always a tough call,” he wrote.

“The challenge of keeping the squad united as one and fully behind the new manager is hard to achieve.

“Garry Monk and his staff may be inexperienced in some people’s eyes, but they have all worked extremely hard to adapt and refocus the whole squad.

“They have helped the team regain belief and confidence which should provide everyone with renewed enthusiasm for next season.

“I’m sure with some hard work in the transfer window, we can build another strong and united squad to start next season with a new level of optimism, and ensure everyone has a positive outlook and remains full of pride in this football club.”

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  • yankytaff  |  May 06 2014, 8:19PM

    Can only hope you're right Trnjack but it's hard to find many people in Swansea who agree with GM getting the job, most agree he has worked v.hard and is v. committed to the club but lacks the experience, never met so many people hoping they'll be proved wrong.

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  • trncjack  |  May 06 2014, 6:46PM

    experience ,,, There has been hundreds of managers with experience who have failed miserably in the premier ,,,far to many to mention here ,,some have been employed on a few occasions in the premier and still failed , if the players are not good enough no matter how much experience you have It is not going to save you, We have a system at swansea which works ,its now working at everton and liverpool ,,all we need is some players brought in that can put it into practice , we have been lucky with some of the players brought in over the last 2 seasons , namely michu and bony , but we have also brought in utter rubbish, and in my opinion the squad is no stronger now than it was 2 seasons ago, Monk knows the system and what is needed to take it back to basics, We all know that ML did his best to change our tiki taka, and now is the time for someone to bring it back ,,,and that is GM

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  • Rambler2  |  May 06 2014, 5:58PM

    I do not know why everyone keeps mentioning Jenkins when anyone with half a brain knows he is only the spokesman for the Board. He is not the majority shareholder and he who pays the piper calls the tune.

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  • Lynbaz  |  May 06 2014, 1:40PM

    bigphil, take a look at the consensus on this thread. It's a huge NO to Monk. Why do we have to take the cheap, inexperienced option? There's far too much at stake and Jenkins is gambling with the future of our club because he's scared stiff of dealing with a "big" personality. This type of gamble worked in the lower leagues but it will not work in the Premier League where hardened experienced professionals ply their trade. It is reported that Monk has the support of the players but nothing like all of them as is obvious. There will be a mass exodus for one reason or another and Monk has NO experience of building a team. NONE WHATSOEVER!! Meanwhile, Jenkins will be happily banking the money (for what purpose one might ask?) and replacing the likes of Bony etc with the N'Gogs of this world. Fat lot of good a big bank balance will be when we're back in the Championship along with Cardiff - unless they pass us on the way up. Oh well, Griffin Park at Brentford might not be Old Trafford, or the Emirates, or Anfield but at least Monk will feel at home there.

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  • VocPop  |  May 06 2014, 12:35AM

    Oh, Garry boy, the Jacks, the Jacks are calling. From East to West, and in the family stand. Canas has gone and Pozualo's sighing. It's you, it's you must go and they must bide. But come ye back, when you have got your badges. and when shrewd tactics inside out you know. Maybe by then, you'll get the job on merit. But until then, oh, Garry boy, you've got to go. I fear we are getting worse not better even with few injuries, far less fixtures and easier games. If knowing the club inside out is enough, give the job to Curt. Lets have a considered selection process and pick the most suitable candidate for the job. Someone with vision, who can kick the club on and is given the full support of the board.

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  • yankytaff  |  May 05 2014, 10:35PM

    Crojack it looks like its a done deal I just hope the fact we have no Europe next season will make the difference, it has affected us this season no doubt about that just as it did Newcastle last season. GM appears to have the support of the board and the majority of the dressing room they know more about what went on/what's going on than we do so fingers crossed (yeah I know but I'm trying to put a positive spin on it).

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  • CroJack  |  May 05 2014, 9:47PM

    Having a good manager is like having 12th player on the pitch. Let's forget top teams and see who are the managers for the teams within our league. Southampton - Pocchetino, Newcastle - Pardew, Stoke - Huges, Palace - Pulis, Hull - Bruce, West Ham - Big Sam, Villa - Lambert, Sunderland - Poyet, WBA - Mel, Leicester - Pearson, Burnley - Dyche. If they get promoted: QPR - Redknapp, Derby - McLaren, Wigan - Rosler, Brighton - Oscar Garcia. Apart from Dyche and Rosler does Monk's name fit here? It's like playing Vasquez insted of Bony up front. People forget that Swansea gave chance to both Martinez and Rodgers when we were in the lower divisions, not in the Premier League when one wrong step means relegation with huge consequences for the club and the local community.

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  • KP287  |  May 05 2014, 4:56PM

    15 games says he hasn't learnt and will not cut it, no benefit of the doubt... Why are you supporters of the club happy to make do, don't you want the best we can afford?

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  • Rambler2  |  May 05 2014, 3:36PM

    Roberto Martinez had a similar playing career whilst Brendan Rodgers had none because of injury, although he had some coaching experience.. Look where they are now. When I started work I learnt from my experienced colleagues. Who is ti say that Gary Monk has not learned from them

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  • bigphil1959  |  May 05 2014, 2:42PM

    Well said daifloyd.

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