Monk hopes new habits pay dividends
Published 21/08/2014 | 16:41
Garry Monk hopes a new training ground culture will give Swansea the winning habit.
Swansea stunned Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season, with a 2-1 victory spoiling Louis van Gaal's home debut at Old Trafford.
Monk's men have a far different test on Saturday against newly-promoted Burnley but the manager expects a new approach around the training ground to play its part, with no repeat of the dressing-room cliques and spats which marked the end of the Michael Laudrup era.
"W e've put some responsibilities on those who know the club, more so than ever," Monk said at his press conference ahead of the Burnley game.
"O f course you make everyone welcome, but you go the extra yard now.
"There are people you naturally hang around with but it's about getting the same level. Everything is done together, even from going out on the field together.
" No-one's on their mobiles over lunch, they're speaking about football.
"It's a conscious effort to make sure it's right which all contributes to what we do on the pitch."
Monk, who said media commitments prevented him from speaking to Van Gaal after Swansea's victory, has been delighted by the players' reaction since the club's first-ever league win at Old Trafford.
"They've been good, I said straight away after the Man United game it was about refocusing," Monk said.
"W e could enjoy the result the day after but we came back in to focus on Burnley.
" Players know it but you make sure you're on top and that they're 100 per cent committed to what we want to do and the game against Burnley.
" The players have managed each other very well, we've had a good week's training.
" You can never tell until you cross the white line but they understand how important it is to perform again."
Monk admits he sees similarities between Swansea and Burnley as Sean Dyche's Clarets seek to get their first points on the board following a 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea on Monday.
"Burnley have set their stall out, Sean's done a good job and there is a similarity there," he said.
"People were calling for us to rip up the squad and get Premier League experience in but we didn't.
"We kept a nucleus to try to achieve what we wanted and that's the best thing you can do - and Burnley have done that.
"T he levels go up tenfold, but if you have a group that will put it on the line then, while you won't always succeed, you'll give yourself a chance."
Swansea are still waiting for Argentina defender Federico Fernandez to be granted international clearance after his £8million move from Napoli on Wednesday.
If Fernandez is cleared to play in time, Monk will then have the decision whether to change the side which won at Old Trafford.