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Thursday 19 September 2019

Swansea manager Garry Monk knows improvements are necessary

Swansea manager Garry Monk admits results must improve to stop him coming under increasing pressure
Swansea manager Garry Monk admits results must improve to stop him coming under increasing pressure

Swansea manager Garry Monk accepts results must improve to stop his job from coming under threat.

But Monk insists he has a "fantastic relationship" with club chairman Huw Jenkins and refuses to see Saturday's Barclays Premier League visit of Bournemouth as a must-win game as far as his employment prospects are concerned.

Monk has come under increasing pressure with Swansea having won only once in nine games, but he described reports ahead of the international break that he was about to get the sack as "irresponsible" and having an "agenda behind it".

"I don't have to speak to anyone to understand my situation," Monk said at his pre-match press conference.

"You have to get results and if you don't do that your job comes under threat.

"I don't need anyone to tell me that and no one has told me that.

"I'm fully aware how important the game is, but I'll let other people say whether it is (must-win) or not."

Asked whether he had taken what was described as a "crisis call" from Jenkins the day after Swansea's last game, a 1-0 defeat at Norwich on November 7, Monk said that was simply not the case.

"It's so wide of the truth it is unbelievable," said Monk, whose side are five points above the final relegation spot occupied by B ournemouth.

"I've got a fantastic relationship with the chairman and he's very supportive of me, we speak all the time about football and then transfer windows.

"What you learn from management is that results are the be-all and end-all, and if you don't get them then that obviously creates pressure.

"But I've been disappointed with a lot of what's been written and I think a lot of it's been irresponsible.

"People are trying to take things out of context and have an agenda behind it.

"But if you spent the whole time worrying about those things you wouldn't do your job.

"I can only worry about what is said in the walls of Swansea City with my players, staff and the club as a whole."

Monk confirmed that his French players Bafetimbi Gomis and Franck Tabanou, as well as Ghana striker Andrew Ayew, who was born and has spent most of his career in France, were in the right frame of mind to feature on Saturday following last weekend's terrorist attacks in Paris.

And he also insisted his assistant Pep Clotet was staying at Swansea, despite the Spaniard being heavily linked with the manager's job at Sky Bet Championship club Brentford.

"I wasn't surprised when the speculation came out because the calibre of coach Pep is," Monk said.

"He's a very intelligent man who knows football and has experience of coaching and management.

"I've worked closely with Pep over the last 20 months and he's been incredible for me.

"I know he's fully committed to his job and this club as much as I am, and our only focus is having another strong season at Swansea."

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