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Monk's hard work brings Swansea appointment

ESPN staff
May 7, 2014
Garry Monk has been awarded with a three year contract at the Liberty Stadium © Getty Images

Swansea have appointed Garry Monk as their new manager on a three-year contract.

Monk, who assumed the role of head coach in February, took over on a temporary basis after previous manager Michael Laudrup was sacked amid arguments about his coaching staff.

The former Swans defender, who has guided the Welsh club to Premier League safety with one game to play, against Sunderland, will be assisted by current coach Josep Clotet.

Announcing the appointment, Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins said: "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."

In what could be seen as a swipe at Laudrup, Jenkins went on to say: "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.

"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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