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Monk to stay on as Swansea boss

7 May 2014 14:43

Garry Monk has signed a three-year deal to become Swansea City first-team manager on a permanent basis.

The 35-year-old has been head coach at the Liberty Stadium since Michael Laudrup was relieved of his duties in February, guiding the club to safety with four wins from his 13 Premier League games in charge.

After beginning his reign with a 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Cardiff City, Monk then failed to mastermind a win in the next nine matches in all competitions.

But at the end of last month they secured back-to-back league victories - against Newcastle United and Aston Villa - for the first time since December 2012 to guarantee top-flight survival.

Monk, who spent a decade at Swansea as a player, can now turn his attentions to planning for next season after being given the chance to stay at the helm.

Speaking after the appointment was made official, chairman Huw Jenkins told the club's official website: "We are delighted to confirm Garry as our new first-team manager.

"As a Board of Directors we carefully considered our next step because it was a very important decision for our football club. But having gone through that process, we unanimously agreed that the timing was right for Garry to be offered the job on a permanent basis.

"As we look forward to our fourth season in the Premier League, we all agreed that we needed to get back to basics and reinforce the principles that have brought us success in recent years.

"Garry represents all the strong values we hold so dearly as a football club and everyone is looking forward to working with him.

"We have all been impressed with his work-rate and commitment since taking over the reins in February and how he adapted in very difficult circumstances to secure the points we needed to remain in the top-flight.

"Garry will work with the current staff to refocus and improve the playing squad over the summer in order to build a strong, competitive team for another big challenge that lies ahead next season."

Former Swansea captain Monk will be assisted in his role by current coach Josep Clotet.

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