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Garry Monk sets sights on becoming full-time Swansea City boss

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Garry Monk says he wants the Swansea City job full time

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GARRY Monk has set his sights on becoming Swansea City's long-term boss after facing the media for the first time since the sacking of Michael Laudrup.

The 34-year-old has been installed as Swansea's head coach for the "foreseeable future" according to the club following the exit of Laudrup on Tuesday.

It is unclear at this stage how long that will be, but Monk hopes to be in place in the long term.

The long-serving centre-back has put his playing career on hold for now having been asked to take the reins by Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.

And he admits he will be happy if he never plays again - because that means will results will have gone Swansea's way.

"It would be nice if I have played my last game because that will mean I have done well as a manager," Monk said.

"I'm not a player-manager. I won't do that because you can't prepare a team properly if you are in it.

"It's well-known at this club that I have always thought about coaching and management. I have been like that since I was a young player.

"Everybody within the club knows that and the board of directors have known that for a long time.

"They have said to many times that I should always be ready to step in, that I need to be prepared.

"What was said between the manager (Laudrup) and the chairman I can't tell you. All I know is that on Tuesday I was asked if I would prepare the team and I said of course.

"I have always been ready to help the club in any way.

"It's hard to put this into words what this means to men, but it's not about me anyway.

"I will do my best for this club, whatever I do, even if it's cleaning the toilets.

"But the focus is not on me, it's on the game."

Monk kicked off his Swansea reign by holding a double training session on Wednesday.

Swansea's players trained once again on Thursday morning before Monk was presented at a packed press conference.

"For me you need somebody who cares about the club and the players in this situation (when a manager has left," Monk added.

"I care about the club, so does Alan Curtis and so do the other staff.

"We will have a talk on Saturday and Curt will be around the players on Saturday and he will have his say. We are all in this together."

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  • CroJack  |  February 08 2014, 6:01AM

    Pengryjack_06, I don't think you can be my father unless you are 80 years old. You are taking my words out of context, son. This type of behaviour is called logical fallacy or a straw man argument, if you know what I mean, son. I never said that a player of Championship quality, or an interpreter can not become a great football manager, son. I said "I am curious to see if a player of championship quality without any coaching experience can do a better job as Swansea manager than the one of the best players in the history of this beautiful game with years of coaching experience." Every fool can understand that words "coaching experience" is what matters to me, son. Martinez and Rogers are very good managers, both intelligent, both of them very good at men-management and both of them articulate speakers. There is a big difference between an appointment of a manager without any coaching experience when you are a second or a third tier football team, and when you are a Premier League team, son. Imagine you are facing death penalty and you hire your best friend, who is a law student, to represent you in the court? And you decided to that just because he is passionate about your case? You wouldn't like to that, son, would you?

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  • C.Lion  |  February 07 2014, 8:46AM

    Possibly a shrewd appointment. GM has been playing in this style for many years, and is Swansea to the core. he knows how to motivate the players as a player, so the next progression is Manager. Liverpool (until Benitez) promoted from withing for years and their success in the 80's, early 90's is legendary due to continuity. The derby is the perfect game to start with, passion and a never say die attitude. I for one am looking forward to seeing GM do well and become the next manager. C'mon the Swans!!!!!

  • Sidney0942  |  February 07 2014, 12:40AM

    All our guys need to do is try their hardest. When Swansea go for it they are capable of beating any team in the premiership. Monk will ensure they give everything because he's all to aware of what this up and coming match means to the fans. If you are going to the Liberty on Saturday, make an extreme amount of noise and get behind our boys. It does make a difference. Drown Cardiff out ladies and gentlemen. And good luck!

  • dcpm1  |  February 06 2014, 8:41PM

    Good Luke Garry and the team on Saturday. Bony to score a hatrick

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  • KP287  |  February 06 2014, 8:31PM

    A gamble plain and simple, not proven, still one of the boys to the team. The result on Saturday won`t tell us much, apart from whether the performance has improved. Really dangerous time to replace the manager, there will be players there who Laudrup brought in and who will now feel down. I can see this potentially splitting the team even more. One major factor for Saturday, is the players owe the fans a performance...

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  • JimmyMush  |  February 06 2014, 8:05PM

    Cojack did Martinez play in the premier? Brendan Rogers didn't play a single senior football match. Yet I'm sure you'd agree both are better managers than Paulo Sousa who played in Seria, the Bundesliga and La Liga. What about Jose Mourinho, what level did he play at? Or Arsene Wenger? Under your theory Laudrup would be the best manager in the Premier, with Mark Hughes a close second.

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  • pengryjack_06  |  February 06 2014, 7:15PM

    Crojack, you are a clueless person, who always talks Rubbish. Playing ability has nothing to do with how you`ll turn out as a coach. Laudrup is known to be a poor operator on the training ground, yet Brendan Rogers is brilliant. I cannot remember Brendan playing much for Barcelona by the way. Crojack - try to say something positive before Saturday if it`s not too difficult for you son,

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  • CroJack  |  February 06 2014, 7:00PM

    Good luck Gary. I really hope you can inspire the shocked squad and beat Scumdiff. They are laughing at us at the moment and as they say they are ready to take three easy points. You've become our manager at the best possible moment for you - if you save us from the relegation you'll be the hero, if not - you can always blame Michael Laudrup. I am really curious to see if a player of championship quality without any coaching experience can do a better job as Swansea manager than the one of the best players in the history of this beautiful game with years of coaching experience.

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  • SwanseaSam  |  February 06 2014, 4:58PM

    Martinez set the bar for a player to come straight in as manager - lets hope GM has what it takes to do the same. Either way, I am looking forward to a cracking match on Saturday. OGS will have no idea what to expect so can't prepare - lets hope we catch them out - c'mon you SWANS!

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