The announcement everyone was waiting for has finally come, with Gary Monk leaving Swansea City football club. His departure seems mad considering just last season he led this team to a record finish in the Premier League and started the current term so well.
Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins will point to one win in eleven games as unacceptable for a mid-table chasing side. This is unquestionably a poor run of form but looking at the quality in the Swansea squad, relegation was never really on the cards.
The first team has a strong spine of Wales captain Ashley Williams, England international Jonjo Shelvey, Icelandic star Gylfi Sigurdsson and former Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis. The iconic passing style of play has made Swansea a well respected and consistent Premier League outfit.
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Often praised for being a well-run football club, Jenkins made it clear that removing Monk was a 'difficult' decision. Regardless of this, the bigger question remained whether it was right to sack a young, promising manager who - prior to the last eleven games - had barely put a foot wrong.
He clearly needed more experience and support from the people around him. Perhaps bringing in an experienced coach would have helped steady the ship. A certain Harry Redknapp springs to mind.
Already Brendan Rodgers is being talked about as a possible replacement but this would feel like a noticeable step backwards. No doubt they will continue their policy of recruiting a young, up and coming manager. Personally, I would be making inquiries regarding Tim Sherwood's current availability as he would fit the mould and the club perfectly.
What next for Garry Monk? I would imagine that spending some time as a number two might be beneficial given he went straight into the role a being a manager from being a player. Working under an experienced manager would prove invaluable to his development.
In August, he was being discussed as a possible future England manager. Let's hope he gets a chance to show his enormous potential at the highest level.
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