Sunday 23 November 2014

Monk calm over Koeman interest

Published 13/03/2014 | 19:57

Ronald Koeman has been linked with the Swansea job
Ronald Koeman has been linked with the Swansea job

Garry Monk does not care that Ronald Koeman's agent has been touting his client for the Swansea job.

Koeman's agent Guido Albers told the BBC that the former Holland defender is interested in moving to the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires with Feyenoord in the summer.

Albers said Koeman was "willing" to move to the Liberty Stadium as Swansea are a "fantastic club with a lot of potential."

Monk was appointed as Swansea boss "for the foreseeable future" following the sacking of Michael Laudrup.

Swansea are just four points from safety after failing to win any of their last six games, but Monk is not concerned by the comments coming from Koeman's camp.

"I don't care - it doesn't affect me," the Swansea manager told a press conference. "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. It's the most exciting league in the world so I don't blame people for trying to get linked with certain jobs.

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

Monk has claimed five points from his four league games in charge. The former Swans captain remains in the dark over whether he will continue in his position beyond the end of the season.

"I have not held any deep talks with the chairman," Monk added.

"I speak to him every day, he comes to training quite a lot and he sees the way we work but in terms of going on past this season, no I have not had any chats with the chairman."

Swansea host fellow strugglers West Brom this weekend in a game which Monk feels will be crucial to the Welsh club's survival prospects.

"You get defining games throughout season, and this is definitely one of them," he said.

"We want the three points and so do West Brom. "It's a good game, a big game, but we're in front of our home fans and it is important that we put on a performance to get the win."

Pepe Mel has failed to win a match since he was appointed by West Brom in January and the Baggies are now only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

There is a chance that West Brom will come up against Swansea striker Michu, who is close to full fitness following a three-month ankle injury layoff.

"He's trained well this week," Monk said. "We've been assessing him every day and we tailor the training it to him. He has taken part in most of the sessions this week.

"He's been great and looked sharp on Thursday and we'll make a judgement on him on Friday."

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