Monk gets full-time Swansea gig

Garry Monk has been handed the Swansea job on a permanent basis after steering the club away from the relegation zone as interim boss.

The 35-year-old temporarily replaced Michael Laudrup back in February and has since impressed the Swans’ board, particularly chairman Huw Jenkins.

And today the Liberty Stadium outfit confirmed Monk had signed a three-year deal as their permanent manager.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “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.

“Garry represents all the strong values we hold so dearly as a football club an everyone is looking forward to working with him. We have all been impressed with his work-rate and commitment since taking over the reigns in February and how he adapted in very difficult circumstances to secure the points 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.”

Monk had always been a favourite at the club but instantly strengthened his position the hearts of the Swansea faithful by thrashing arch-rivals Cardiff City 3-0 in his first game in charge.