GARRY Monk has spent five weeks testing out his juggling skills.
It has been a hugely examining period, one where Monk has had to handle dramatic changes at work and at home.
But to date, the 35-year-old has coped admirably.
Swansea City's long-time club skipper has looked very much a manager-in-the-making since Huw Jenkins gave him the call following that sorry Swansea City defeat to West Ham United at the beginning of last month.
“It’s probably been the busiest, most eventful month of my life,” Monk concedes.
Plunged in at the deep end professionally, Monk also became a father to twin boys last week.
With a three-year-old daughter to think about as well, Swansea’s head coach and fiancee Lexy have plenty to occupy them when he is away from the training ground.
“I know I said I wasn’t getting any sleep before,” Monk adds, “but that’s definitely the case now!
“It’s been really busy, but of course you cope.
“You have to get on with it, and luckily I have got a good family.
“Lexy has been great and we have got some help as well. The club have helped out and that’s important too.
“I am trying to juggle a lot of things at the moment, but it’s been great.”
In January, Monk was an injured player whose prime concern at work was when his knee would be right again.
Now, as well as the family, it is his job to look after a whole squad of footballers — and to try to ensure they win enough games to stay in the Premier League.
On top of that, Monk is under pressure to complete his Uefa A licence — and then enrol on the Pro licence course which is a requirement for any top-flight boss.
There is a lot going on, yet Monk appears to be taking everything in his stride ahead of Saturday’s key game against West Bromwich Albion.
How would he assess his time in charge so far?
“You would probably have to ask the players in terms of how it’s come across,” Monk says.
“But I feel confident in myself. I feel training has been good.
“We have been getting to the right levels and the right intensity.
“Generally, I think what I am trying to deliver is coming across how I want it to.
“That’s all you can ask for in this position. I’m enjoying it.”
Swansea’s fans are enjoying Monk’s reign too.
There has only been one win in seven games since the club’s owners decreed that Michael Laudrup had to go.
But if performances are anything to go by — and Monk swears by them — then Swansea have much to be happy about.
Of Monk’s four league games to date, only the draw with Crystal Palace was a serious disappointment in terms of the result.
And even then, Swansea could point to their hectic spell of fixtures as an explanation for a second-half decline which cost them victory.
In the cups, meantime, a much-changed Swansea were beaten at Everton before Monk’s men put up a mighty fight against Napoli in the Europa League.
“In my situation, I think I have just got to worry about performance levels,” Monk says.
“And I think we have seen performances in every single game.
“People will talk about the second half against Palace, but I really believe that was down to the physicality of what we had just been through, as well as the illness we had in the camp.
“In the end the players dug in and showed the other side to ensure we took something from the game.
“I don’t want to be someone who keeps saying we deserved more than we got, but I genuinely think that if performance levels are right, the results will come.”
Starting, he hopes, against West Brom this weekend.
With everything that is going on just now, Monk could do with a win.