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Wednesday 07 May 2014

Monk appointed Swansea City manager

New first-team manager Garry Monk says taking role is his "proudest moment"

Garry Monk's first match as Swansea City head coach was against Cardiff City

Swansea City have confirmed the appointment of Garry Monk as the club's first-team manager on a permanent basis.

The 35-year-old, who took over as head coach following the departure of Michael Laudrup at the start of February, has signed a three-year contract and will be assisted by current coach Josep  Clotet. 

"It is the proudest moment of my career. I’m honoured the club thinks so highly of me to give me this chance," Monk told the club website. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime - and one I fully intend to take. 

"I have had a taste of the job for the last three months and it's something I've really enjoyed. Now I'm really looking forward to the next phase in my life and the club's progression. 

"It is the proudest moment of my career"
Garry Monk

"I'll be looking to stamp my authority on the squad and the club - and take it forward. I have a plan in my mind and with the help of the Chairman and the Board how to implement it. 

"I have been given a massive responsibility to manage this proud football club. But I have always been a person that enjoys and relishes responsibility, so I am looking forward to the challenge. I am under no illusion how much hard work is needed going forward. But I am willing to put that hard work in by giving everything I have to ensure Swansea City is a success."

Monk has been with the club since 2004 and has captained the Swans in all four divisions. He captained Swansea to the Barclays Premier League with a Championship play-off final victory over Reading in 2011 and has made a total of 27 top-flight appearances for the club over the past three seasons.

As head coach, Monk, who has also played for Southampton in the Barclays Premier League, led Swansea to safety this season with four wins and three draws in his 13 League matches in charge.

"Garry represents all the strong values we hold so dearly as a football club"
Huw Jenkins

Swansea City are currently in 13th place, six points clear of the drop zone, and will take on Sunderland in the final match of the season on Sunday.

"As a Board of Directors we carefully considered our next step because it was a very important decision for our football club," said Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins. "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."

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Key Points

  • Swansea City appoint Garry Monk as the club's first-team manager
  • The 35-year-old signs a three-year contract
  • Monk was named as head coach after Michael Laudrup's departune in February