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We'll prove them wrong - Swansea City boss Garry Monk unruffled as pundits doubt Premier League credentials

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

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SWANSEA City kick off their fourth Premier League season at Manchester United tomorrow with Garry Monk insisting he is not bothered about being written off.

Monk steered Swansea to a 12th-place finish last season and believes he has added quality his squad during a hectic summer of transfer activity.

But with the likes of Michu, Michel Vorm and Ben Davies gone, pundits including Robbie Savage, Paul Merson, Paul Walsh and Alan Curbishley have all picked Swansea as relegation contenders.

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"That's what they're paid for, they're there to say what they think," Monk said. "They are their opinions and that's fine. It doesn't mean I have to listen to them.

"No-one will put me under more pressure than I do myself.

"I know what I want to do and where I want things to go. If things go as planned then great, if it doesn't then it's obvious what will happen.

"They (the pundits) don't see what we do every day, they don't see the work we put in. We've been written off pretty much every year since I've been at this club.

"Some people want to make suggestions and assumptions and that's the way of the world.

"What do you want me to do? I don't have to attack them because it doesn't really mean anything to me. All that matters to me is that I do the job properly."

Monk reckons Swansea have improved the calibre of their squad having signed the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis, Lukasz Fabianski and Gylfi Sigurdsson — and Argentinian international Federico Fernandez should be the next man in.

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  • chelsea1955  |  August 15 2014, 8:12PM

    Well said GM, ALL DOOM AND GLOOM FROM THE PLASTICS, Man u gave us a fist game hiding last season, so what if we get stuffed 1st game again, we still had a decent season and in GM we need to get behind him and the team, it will be the teams outside the top 6 we will get points, anything else will be a big bonus,

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  • waunarlwydd  |  August 15 2014, 6:57PM

    Haven't heard anything Yankytaff. It's gone quiet again on that front.

  • yankytaff  |  August 15 2014, 5:55PM

    any news on Fernandez he was supposed to arrive for a medical by now but it all seems to have gone quiet on that front

  • Spikey1953i  |  August 15 2014, 5:02PM

    One thing for sure, if we perform like we did last Saturday, we are in trouble, not sure what the formation, tactics and structure was, don't think GM knew either which is worrying for the forthcoming season. Certainly support the clear out of the below average foreign players, but we have to replace with better ones, we are reluctant to spend any money, what are we doing with all of the TV money that has built up over the last 3 years, not on platers or ground improvements,we have to act like a premiership team not a championship one which we are doing, if it doesn't go well by end of October changes need to take place

  • CroJack  |  August 15 2014, 4:20PM

    Who cares what pundits say, we have got a good squad, need some defensive reinforcements and we are going to be ok. There is a general consensus among Swansea fans that our sommer signings are excellent. SWEP have used copy & paste with bits and pieces from Gary's interview given to Wales Online. With signings we've made through summer and with new faces comming in I am sure relegation is out of question.

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  • shepherd2011  |  August 15 2014, 2:53PM

    Give Monk a chance first, if he fails then we can comment,

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  • bigphil1959  |  August 15 2014, 1:37PM

    Grow up kp you are like a big kid with your pathetic comments, for god sake give garry monk a chance like all true swans fans will do.

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  • waunarlwydd  |  August 15 2014, 1:17PM

    Why don't you guys give Gary a fair crack of the whip? Talk about pessimism. Give the man a chance before you **** him off. We are gonna be ok I'm sure

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  • daifloyd  |  August 15 2014, 12:20PM

    Amazing! The season hasn't started yet and already the doom and gloomers are out in force. I do think the squad is stronger this season,particularly now that Garry Monk has removed many of the players who were poisoning the club surreptitiously. They thought they could get away with it with a new manager but were mistaken. Unlike previous posters, I think we'll be in good shape come Christmas,with some losses of course, but a healthy mix of wins and ties as well. I honestly believe that we will not be in the nerve racking relegation battle that we found ourselves in last season. I'm optimistic. Only time will tell.

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  • yankytaff  |  August 15 2014, 11:17AM

    KP where did you read JDG didn't even consider coming back to Swansea apparently he wanted more time to consider his options 1 of which was Swansea.

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