Garry Monk suggests his job at Swansea City is secure, although the odds would suggest otherwise
In the past couple of weeks, the Premier League Sack Race has had an overwhelming favourite. Jose Mourinho has been displaced at the head of the market by a man who has done pretty well at his respective club.
Garry Monk is now a best price 4/11 (Paddy Power) to be the next top flight manager out of a job, although there has been no changing of the guard just yet, even if the Swans manager admits he’s under pressure to win games.
Even so, that’s no different to any other manager and Monk wasn’t afraid to make wholesale changes last weekend as his team rallied to come from behind and draw 2-2 with Bournemouth.
The suggestion from the media is that chairman Huw Jenkins is merely biding his time before replacing Monk with a new manager, although the Swansea board haven’t yet acted and the Welsh side go to Anfield on Sunday for what is likely to be a defensive approach to the game.
Monk continues to talk about the future and turning a corner with his charges, having built a decent reputation at the Liberty Stadium. He took over from Michael Laudrup two years ago and steered City away from the drop zone before an impressive eighth place finish last term.
“I can’t spend my time worrying about who’s saying what and who’s writing what and who has an agenda,” said Monk before the Bournemouth game.
“It’s not my job, my job is only to do what I can do, to affect what I can affect, I can’t affect those people. I don’t pay attention too it, I don’t let it swallow me up. I’m aware and disappointed by it, but it makes you more determined to put things right. And the best way to put things right is by getting results. Perhaps we can send a little message to those people.”
Even so, a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth was not the desired result and some will have wondered if it was Monk’s final match in charge of Swansea after the Cherries took an early 2-0 lead.
It appears that the manager is trying everything to improve fortunes at the Liberty Stadium, although it should be noted that the Swans sit in fourteenth place and they probably don’t have a divine right to be any higher in the league.
The improvement of clubs such as Leicester City, West Ham, Stoke City and Crystal Palace has automatically shunted Swansea down the pecking order and perhaps some perspective is required.