Garry Monk falls victim to demands of modern English football after Swansea City sacking

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It came as little surprise when news broke of Garry Monk's inevitable sacking from his role as manager of Swansea City.

Rumours had been circulating for weeks, reaching a crescendo following defeat at the hands of league leaders Leicester City on Saturday. One win in their last 12 games represented grim reading for a side pushing for Europa League qualification last season.

However, there's a sense the Swans board have been slightly hasty with this decision. Yes, it was a poor run, but one that still saw the club sitting 15th in the league, just one place below Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.


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Of course, relegation was a danger, but there was no need to be panicking at this stage, particularly with over half of the season's fixtures left to play. Monk possessed sufficient time to turn things around and guide the Swans to a mid-table finish which, in all honesty, is as much as Swansea should reasonably expect.

Monk may well be the victim of his own success. The former defender guided the South Wales outfit to an impressive eighth-placed finish last time out, one position away from European football, and rightly garnered a huge amount of respect for his achievements and was rewarded with a three-year contract.

This has arguably been the first rough patch of his managerial career and rather than give him the chance to negotiate his way out of it, the Swansea board have instead been unwilling to put their faith in a young, exciting manager - and we wonder why so few young English managers make the grade at top clubs.

At the first hint of crisis, clubs all too quickly dispose of potentially top-class talent, depriving them of an opportunity to learn and improve as a manager.

It's not as if we're talking about a poor manager here either - Swansea were superb last season and even showed glimpses of class at the beginning of this season, holding champions Chelsea to a draw and beating Manchester United in August.

Monk cannot simply have become a bad manager overnight; had he been given time, he could well have turned things around. After all, the man spent ten years as a player at the club, it's unlikely to find someone who cared about the club quite as much.

Can you really label a manager incapable of doing his job not even half way through an admittedly poor season? In the current financial climate, it seems so. So much money now rides on retaining Premier League status that even the slightest risk of relegation can prompt panic and fear.

Moreover, the extra cash on offer for each position means that even slipping a couple of places can be hugely costly to a club. Swansea clearly felt they couldn't settle for giving Monk a chance to guide them to safety this season and build upon that - they demand instant success.

Furthermore, there were rumours of discontent amongst players after Monk told those who had enjoyed qualification for next summer's European Championships to put that to one side and focus on Swansea.

It's saddening to see Monk bow out in such a manner after such a promising start to his managerial career. Unfortunately for him, he has fallen foul of modern football.

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