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Swansea manager Garry Monk dismisses 'farcical' speculation

Published 22/10/2015 | 18:21

Swansea manager Garry Monk was linked to the Aston Villa job on Tuesday
Swansea manager Garry Monk was linked to the Aston Villa job on Tuesday

Swansea manager Garry Monk has described reports that his job is under review as "farcical".

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Monk made a firm response to reports that his position was under scrutiny with Swansea failing to win any of their last six games in all competitions.

Swansea's latest setback came in the 1-0 home defeat to Stoke on Monday and the following day Monk was linked to the Aston Villa job, where Tim Sherwood is said to be under extreme pressure after a poor start to the season.

It was reported that Monk had missed a training ground session on Wednesday but Swansea posted a picture on their official website of the manager in a group huddle with the players.

Swansea said later that Monk did miss a training session on Tuesday but that was because of a prior personal commitment.

"It's farcical to be honest," Monk said at his pre-match press conference before Swansea's Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

"These stories come out from time to time for whatever reasons and I don't know whether it's meant to unsettle us.

"But all I know from my perspective, the club's perspective and the players' perspective is we don't listen to that.

"We're very committed and our strength is our unity, and it is my job is to make sure we get training right and we're fully focused."

With Swansea having not won in the Premier League since the end of August and down to 14th place in the table, it was also reported that club bosses are keen to hire an experienced coach to work alongside Monk.

But Monk insisted that is not necessary after his first full campaign in charge last season in which Swansea finished in their best Premier League position of eighth with a record points tally.

"I was asked about this at the start of last season after I had created the staff around me," Monk said.

"But we've done what no other group has done at the club in terms of what we achieved.

"We created history last year and there's no need for anything (coaching help).

"I'm lucky that the chairman is very supportive with me, he allows me to develop myself and develop the staff.

"I'm very happy with the way my staff work and, if anything, we've worked better this year - but I'm always trying to improve and get better."

Monk succeeded Michael Laudrup in February 2014 and is already the seventh-longest serving manager in the Premier League.

The former Swansea captain will be in charge of his 72nd game at Villa Park this weekend.

"I said what I stand for when I got the job," Monk said.

"There's a lot of talk about experience and I was fine with that because I knew what I was capable of and where I can get to.

"I wanted my staff to represent what I represent and everyone has contributed to how we work.

"I've got a great group and we're all on the same wavelength, we did what no-one at this club has done before and we'll try to do the same again as we go forward."

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