After experiencing a reasonably exciting summer transfer window at the Liberty Stadium, and subsequently beginning the campaign with a fair amount of success, many believed Swansea City would push on this season in triumphant style.
Although no major miracles were expected of the Swans this term, it did in-fact seem as if the Welsh side would maintain their rapid development in the English top-flight, whilst continuing to attract more fans with their entertaining style of play.
However, a series of poor results and even worse performances have nonetheless frustrated the Liberty Stadium faithful this season. Monk’s side currently sit 15th in the league table, with only one point separating them from the dreaded relegation zone.
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So, now that Brendan Rodgers has finally been relieved of his managerial duties with Liverpool and re-linked with the Swansea post once again – does Garry Monk still deserve more time at the Liberty Stadium, or should Swansea City ultimately move for their former head coach before it’s too late?
Well, since Rodgers lost his position at Anfield in favour of the enigmatic Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have arguably looked a great deal stronger as a result.
Yes, the Reds slipped up dramatically at St. James’ Park last time out – but barring that rather poor performance specifically – the Anfield faithful have certainly paid witness to a more cohesive unit under their new manager.
But that doesn’t mean that Brendan Rodgers doesn’t still have something to offer in the Premier League, especially at a club such as Swansea City. The former Reds coach certainly tries to get his teams playing the right way, his experience at Anfield will have potentially made him into a better manager overall – and simply for the fact that Rodgers himself helped build the current philosophy at the Liberty Stadium today – Swansea should at least consider his services.
The 42-year-old tactician hasn’t been out of the managerial game for long and may need time to consider his next venture, but as it remains hard to imagine the Northern Irishman going down as a first choice candidate at many other Premier League teams at the minute, maybe Swansea City represent the perfect fit for Rodgers. He arguably never quite suited a team with expectations as high as Liverpool’s in the first place.
However, although Brendan Rodgers would potentially do very well back in Wales this season, does Garry Monk really deserve to be sacked after one – admittedly disappointing – bad run in the Premier League? Swansea City looked more than solid under Monk’s supervision last season, they failed to drop their standards after the sale of Wilfried Bony in January, and continued to impress throughout the opening stages of the current campaign.
The last few weeks have obviously been extremely poor from Swansea’s point of view, for one win in the last eleven league fixtures doesn’t make good reading whatsoever. Yet as he has ultimately proven an adequate enough coach for the Swans throughout the majority of his time at the club, Garry Monk should be issued with more time to put things right.
The January transfer window is coming up after all, and even at this particular stage in season, Swansea still look too strong to actually find themselves relegated come end of the campaign.
In the words of Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins: “something needs to change.” But that change shouldn’t necessarily come in the dug-out.
Brendan Rodgers could potentially be considered at a more pressing stage down the line, yet because the situation at Swansea City certainly isn’t unfixable by any, Garry Monk deserves the chance to turn his side’s fortunes back around.