Swansea City have had several managerial changes in their Premier League history, all of whom enjoyed a great level of success.
Michael Laudrup and Brendan Rodgers both left their mark on the club, and with the torch being passed to Garry Monk last season the manager is looking to challenge the best in the league and leave his own legacy with the club he once played for.
Monk made the statement, after his side went down at home to former champions Manchester City, that they can 'go toe-to-toe' with the cream of the crop in the Premier League.
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An early lead from City was repudiated and the Swans were level after 70 minutes of football, showing great character throughout the game. However two late goals from Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony silenced the home support. Despite the defeat, Monk remained optimistic about the progression of his Swansea team.
"We got criticised last Monday for apparently not playing football, and I wanted the players to show we can go toe-to-toe with one of the top sides when we choose to," Monk said, as per talkSPORT.
"I think we proved we can do that. Yes we lost the game, but if we had taken one or two chances, or Joe Hart had not made some incredible saves, we could have got something from the game.
"We didn't quite get a result, but I think we have shown what a strong group we've got and hopefully next season we can be even better."
Building for the future
Monk stepped into the role knowing how the internals of his former club works finding fluidity quickly, he had already built a rapport with some of the senior players and was sharp to embed his own style of play to the squad.
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Appointed in February 2014, Monk took over after Laudrup's bizarre spell ended in his sacking and the new manager went on to beat the drop for Swansea in what was a poor season finally saved on the second to last game of the season.
Some shrewd and sensible buying since then has brought confidence to a side that are playing to the same tune as their manager and Swansea have looked in harmony all campaign, having reached their highest Premier League points tally with a game left to spare.
Monk's performances this campaign have put his name amongst those nominated for manager of the season and providing Arsenal beat Aston Villa later this month in the FA Cup he can secure Swansea Europa League football once again.
The outcome of that cup final could prove to be extremely important for Monk, as a venture into Europe would mean a little more freedom in the transfer market. Free flowing football fans believe Monk's credit is fully due as the board's persistence in finding the right man to take the club forward looks to be paying off.
Swansea fans can look on to the summer with excitement as the potential for European football beckons. If that is to be the case then the clever work in the transfer market could continue and further boost Monk and Swansea's chances of stability in the league.
Swansea fans, how well do you think Monks has performed in his duties at the Liberty Stadium? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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