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Monk wary of Euro demands

Published 08/05/2015 | 17:56

Swansea manager Garry Monk says he is 'mindful' of the demands posed by playing in the Europa League.
Swansea manager Garry Monk says he is 'mindful' of the demands posed by playing in the Europa League.

Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he is wary of the demands posed by the Europa League should the Welsh club qualify for next season's competition.

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Monk's men have closed to within four points of seventh-placed Southampton with three games of the Barclays Premier League campaign remaining and that position will be enough for European football should Arsenal beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final on May 30.

But, having taken part in last season's Europa League following their Capital One Cup triumph in 2013, Monk is fully aware of the extra burden of games and travel that playing in that competition brings.

"I don't want to stop anything that could be exciting for the club and the players," Monk said ahead of Monday night's league trip to Arsenal.

"I'm always pushing to win and finish as high as possible and if that takes us somewhere else so be it, but what comes with that is a lot of work in the summer.

"I've spoken about our small squad and (if Swansea were in Europe) perhaps the chairman would have to spend more money than he's willing to right now!

"I'm very mindful of that experience we had last season of being in there and how it affected us.

"You see it across the board, outside of the bigger clubs, that it affects league form - and next season will be so important with the rewards of the TV money in the new deal.

"The league will always be the most important thing to us and if we were to get into Europe we would have to deal with it.

"But I'm not worried about it because I'm just pushing on what we're trying to do here."

Monk has predicted the next two transfer windows will set new spending records with clubs desperate to preserve their top-flight status before the three-year £5.14billion TV deal kicks in ahead of the 2016-17 season.

But he insisted that Swansea would continue to conduct their business sensibly and not over-stretch themselves in the transfer market.

"I'm pretty sure this summer's transfer window and next January's will see the most amounts spent by Premier League clubs," Monk said.

"I'd be surprised if it doesn't break those records because of the TV deal that's coming up and the rewards of staying in the league.

"But we'll go about our business as we've always done, we'll try and be shrewd and only do the deals that suit us.

"That's what we've done in the past and it's stood us in good stead."

Asked whether funds are there to break the £12million mark spent on Wilfried Bony in 2013, Monk replied: "I'd like to break our record with every single deal but the board knows what it's doing.

"They're very experienced and it's about what suits the club. Each club is different and we're the type of club that don't go beyond our means, but the chairman does realise we have to add quality.

"It's very important we do that this summer and we've had those discussions already.

"But in terms of budgets, and I have to be clever with it, I doubt very much it will be anything like breaking records."

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