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Swansea City boss Garry Monk: 'I don't care about Ronald Koeman reports'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

Swansea City boss Garry Monk

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GARRY Monk has insisted he is not bothered by rumours linking Ronald Koeman with his job as Swansea City focus on Saturday's crunch clash with West Brom.

Koeman's agent has made it clear that the former Barcelona star is keen to become Michael Laudrup's long-term successor at the Liberty.

But Monk, who was appointed Swansea head coach for the "foreseeable future" following Laudrup's sacking last month, is unruffled by the Koeman stories.

"I don't care - it doesn't affect me," Monk declared.

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"This is the business we are in. Players and managers will always be linked with other clubs, but I can't worry about that.

"Names will always be linked when a manager changes, and I guess this shows that everyone wants to work in the Premier League.

"But I just have to focus on what I am doing, and that always means the next game.

"We play West Brom next and this is definitely one of those defining games in the season. We are at home, in front of our fans, and we have to put a performance in."

Michu remains on course to end his three-month absence from the Swansea first team by playing some part against Pepe Mel's struggling Albion side.

Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) will also be fit, but Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) looks set to miss out and Nathan Dyer is battling to recover from a foot injury.

"Michu has trained well this week," Monk added. "We are assessing him every day because we cannot just blast him in training when he has been out for so long.

"But he looked very sharp today. Match-fitness wise he is obviously short, but we will see."

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