Monk upset by dressing room leaks
Published 03/04/2014 | 16:27
Swansea boss Garry Monk has expressed his disappointment that dressing and training ground bust-ups do not remain in-house.
West Brom and England Under-21 player Saido Berahino was reportedly punched by a team-mate after failing to apologise for a mistake that led to relegation rivals Cardiff's late equaliser in a 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw last weekend.
West Brom have subsequently played down the incident, while former Swansea captain Monk was involved in a spat with club colleague Chico Flores earlier this season that led to police attending the Welsh team's training ground.
Asked about the West Brom incident, Swans head coach Monk said on Thursday: "I think it shows they (West Brom) want to win.
"I am not saying condone it - you shouldn't be hitting another player, if that's what happened - but I think it shows they want to win and get out of this situation.
"The disappointing thing for me is how those things don't stay within the changing room. It worries me more who is leaking those stories out. I would prefer those sort of things staying in the confines of the dressing room.
"I've said all along, these things happen. I have witnessed and been involved in many spats on the training ground. It's because you want to win.
"It could be a five-a-side, and you are on the losing team, someone kicks someone and there is a bit of argy-bargy, but that is because they want to win.
"Okay, if it spills over into something else, as a manager and as a club, you obviously discipline them and make sure they don't go over the top.
"With me and Chico, it blew over within the hour. In terms of players and managers, the more you can keep it in house, the better it is. Ninety-nine per cent of the time it isn't really what it is made out to be."
Top of Monk's agenda this weekend is securing more league points when they visit Hull on Saturday.
A draw and a win in their last two fixtures against Arsenal and Norwich combined to take Swansea seven points clear of the relegation zone, but Monk added: "We haven't got enough points to be safe.
"It is important we realise the position we are in, which I think we do. We are not safe, we have got a job to do, and we have to do it to the best we can.
"I think it is important we finish the season strongly. We have still very much got a job to do, but it is not just about getting safe, it is trying to do that as early as possible and then push on from there.
"For me, I want to get a couple more wins, at least, to ensure that we are safe. That is how I feel.
"I want to try to win every single game for the rest of the season. If we can't do that, then we make sure we don't lose a game. That is the mentality we have to have."
Swansea faced extra demands this season through considerable Europa League commitments - they played 12 qualifiying, group and knockout games before bowing out to Italian heavyweights Napoli - which many pundits feel contributed to their position in the league's lower half.
Monk, though, is concentrated on finishing the campaign strongly, which continues against Hull and then sees them hosting title contenders Chelsea next weekend.
"We have had a lot of criticism this year for some of the performances, and quite rightly so," he said.
"I think we want to show a message of intent to take forward that we are a good team, a good club, and when people doubt us this is how we react. That is vitally important in the games left."