Monk Feeling The Pressure

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Updated: November 28, 2015
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Swansea City are relatively new to the Premier League after gaining promotion to the top flight back in 2011. During their time in England’s premier division, the Welsh outfit have had three different managers – Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and present boss Garry Monk.

In previous seasons, Swansea have been fighting for European spots in the upper half of the table but they have struggled at the beginning of the new campaign. At the time of writing, Monk’s men are 14th and have won just one of their last eight league matches. That is a worrying statistic for Swansea’s fans, players and manager. Despite the gloomy statistics, Swansea City should NOT dismiss Monk. The former Swansea player is incredibly passionate about the club and their current slump isn’t necessarily all his own fault. They have been unlucky with a number of injuries to key men in the early part of the campaign and, although they are failing to inspire confidence on current form, they’ve shown enough quality in matches against Chelsea and Manchester United to suggest that they will be there or thereabouts at the business end of the season.

The Swans aren’t performing well right now but could, under Monk’s leadership, challenge for a place in the top six in the coming years. Taking a closer look at the facts and figures, Monk hasn’t done a terrible job in charge of Swansea. Last season, he led Swansea to eighth in the Premier League – which is their highest finish since earning promotion to the top flight. Furthermore, Monk’s record speaks for itself. During his tenure, the Welsh side have won39% of their matches. Under Laudrup, that figure was just 34% and although Rodgers had a respectable 45% win ratio, the majority of those fixtures were in the Championship. Monk is a great manager and deserves time to prove his worth – and his Swansea record supports this belief. Garry Monk urges players to drag themselves out of slump

Despite their poor run of form, many will still support Swansea in the football betting markets. At the Liberty Stadium, they are usually incredibly reliable and play a unique brand of entertaining football. In recent times, Monk has encouraged his players to express themselves more on the field but that hasn’t been too noticeable.

If Swansea are going to climb up the Premier League, their players need to take Monk’s energy, commitment and passion and strive to improve on the training ground. Although there weren’t too many changes in the transfer window, the current crop of players aren’t gelling and look as though they need a boost ahead of the tough festive period.

For what it’s worth, Monk is a brilliant manager. In fact, many have touted him as a future England manager. It would be foolish to say that Swansea simply haven’t progressed under Monk but they must invest heavily in the upcoming transfer window if they are to achieve their goal of finishing in the top half of the division this season. Nowadays, investment is crucial. If the Swans don’t finish in the top half this campaign, it will be no fault of Monk’s but more of the club’s hierarchy for failing to provide sufficient funds for transfers. Monk has already come a long way since his first day at the helm and, if the club avoid rash action, he could be the man to take this club forward in the future.

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