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.
"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.