Sunday, June 24, 2018

Monk belief now lacking at Swansea

Garry Monk's future as Swansea is reportedly now in the balance after their 3-0 home defeat against Leicester

Garry Monk’s future as Swansea is reportedly now in the balance after their 3-0 home defeat against Leicester

According to Sky Sports, Swansea boss Gary Monk’s future as Swans boss could be in major doubt and he is not even guaranteed to be in charge of next weekend’s game at big spending Manchester City.

The Welsh side have endured a torrid run of form in recent months and suffered a 3-0 hammering against high-flying Leicester at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The defeat was just the latest setback in recent weeks for the Swans and their board would be right to ask questions about Monk’s ability to manage the club.

A terrible turnaround

Swansea may not yet be in the Premier League relegation zone, but the Swans are just two points above the drop zone in 15th position. With a trip to big spending City on the horizons their form is unlikely to get any better anytime soon.

It’s a remarkable turnaround for rookie boss Monk, who last season guided the Swans to eighth position and a club-record points total in the Premier League. The 36-year-old was given a new three-year contract in the summer on the back of last season’s achievements, but he has struggled to motivate his team this season.

The Swans were unbeaten in the Premier League in August and looked set for another successful season in the top-flight. However, since that run the Welsh side have picked-up just one victory and that came at beleaguered Aston Villa.

Belief lacking in Monk

Gary Monk is a rookie boss compared to most in the Premier League. He is the second youngest boss in the English top-flight, with only Norwich’s Alex Neil younger than the former-Swans captain.

Monk showed last season, and to a certain extent the last few months of the previous season, that he could do the job. However it is in the difficult times when an experienced head is needed and Monk does not have one of those just yet.

The Swans team look stale and just completely lost at the moment. Players who were bang in form in August like Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew have failed to replicate that form, although it could be argued at Ayew has contributed more than his French colleague.

There are worrying signs at the Welsh club that their former captain may just be close to sinking the ship, because the players and fans seem to have lost their belief in Monk to get the job done.

This season was always going to be difficult after last season’s record points total and position in the table. Monk has been unable to continue where the team left off last season despite the summer arrival of the exciting Ayew. At the moment he looks out of his depth as a top-flight boss.

Pulling the trigger

With the team underachieving in the top-flight the Swans hierarchy are no doubt looking at their options. Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has a canny knack of picking managers and knowing when to pull the trigger.

If Swansea were showing any form of life, or were just going through a run of bad luck then maybe Monk would be safe. However the Swans do not even look like they are close to winning a game and that must be a concern for everybody connected with the Welsh club.

Jenkins was criticised by some for firing Danish legend Michael Laudrup in February 2014. The former-Barcelona and Real Madrid star had guided Swansea to a League Cup the previous campaign, their first ever piece of major silverware in English football, but the team were in poor form and close to the bottom of the Premier League table.

The Swans chairman then decided to replace the Dane with Monk, who managed to save the Swans from the drop to the Championship. Jenkins has talked very highly about Monk in the past, but he will have no problem sacking the rookie boss if he believes that is what is best for the team and club.

Monk is now the favourite to be the next Premier League boss to be sacked at odds of 1/3. His position as favourite for the sack is understandable considering his side’s recent form.

It is never nice to see anybody lose their job, but it seems almost inevitable that Garry Monk is now a dead man walking at the Liberty Stadium and the clock is ticking on his career as the Swans boss.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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