Wednesday 24 January 2018

Monk keen to build Swansea legacy

Garry Monk, pictured, believes West Ham already have the perfect man in place in Sam Allardyce
Garry Monk, pictured, believes West Ham already have the perfect man in place in Sam Allardyce

Swansea manager Garry Monk has revealed he is more bothered about keeping his current job than finding a new one at West Ham.

Monk has been touted as a potential candidate to succeed Sam Allardyce at Upton Park this summer with uncertainty surrounding the future of the Hammers manager.

Allardyce's contract expires at the end of the season and may not be renewed and Monk, at 36 the youngest manager in the top flight, is said to have his admirers in the West Ham boardroom, with Swansea equalling their best Barclays Premier League points total of 47 with six games still to play.

But Monk says his only focus is on winning matches for a club who gave him his break in management when he was promoted from being a player 14 months ago to succeed Michael Laudrup.

"You are either successful or you get sacked, it's as simple as that," Monk said.

"Of course you have got that longer term plan but I am also mindful that you only have seven or eight game periods that you work to, as I know that if you lose those eight games then it is a totally different conversation.

"That is the nature of the beast. It's juggling both, having that long term plan but also fighting for today as today is important."

Monk insists that West Ham already have a "fantastic" manager in place in the shape of Allardyce and accepts - like his predecessors Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers - that he will continue to be linked with other clubs if Swansea continue to progress on the pitch.

But former defender Monk, who played 270 games in a 10-year playing career at Swansea, says he wants to continue building what he has started at the Liberty Stadium.

"I am ambitious and it would be nice to go and do things in this game, but I'm in no rush," Monk said.

"I want to stay and build something and what's important is my relationship with the club.

"Even before I did the job I always thought about coaching or managing at this club and working my way up.

"I always said I would like to manage this club, though I thought it would be a long time in the future.

"But in terms of building something like a legacy it takes time and I'm not in a rush, thinking I have to take this step or that."

Monk has just over two years left on the deal he signed last May and spent time in Switzerland this week as he works towards completing his UEFA Pro-Licence later this year.

And he admits the UEFA get-together opened his eyes as to how fortunate he is at Swansea.

"I was at a convention this week and saw stats on managers over how long they are in their jobs and how many don't get another job," Monk said.

"I am mindful of that and how lucky I am here. I know the chairman Huw (Jenkins) and the board really well and they know me, but in terms of longevity I have been here for 11 years and could be here for much longer as well.

"I know I am only ever working to a short game period as those games dictate what you do in the future, and my only focus is on this job.

"I look to the future about the team but never at what I will be doing in four or five years' time because the problem at this level is that in five games' time it could be a totally different story.

"I'm mindful of that and clever enough to know that and there is still a long way to go at this club."

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