Rotherham manager Steve Evans has revealed that he wants to emulate Swansea City and establish his side into a “solid, second-tier Championship club.”
Garry Monk has earned heaps of praise for what he’s done at Swansea City this season. The Swans were tipped by many for a season of struggle at the start of the Premier League campaign, but how they’ve proved all their doubters wrong.
In fact, Swansea have had many doubters since they arrived as the first Welsh club in the Premier League in 2011 – but not only have they proved a lot of people wrong on their epic journey in the promised land, they have actually got better and better every year, and have now turned themselves into a top-half Premier League side.
Evans, who kept the Millers in the Championship last term, was full of praise for Garry Monk’s heroic team, and he has recently revealed how he would love his side to emulate the Welsh club. The Rotherham boss said;
“I think we need to establish ourselves, as people look at us, as a Swansea of the Championship. They are mid-table in the Premier League and can they kick on? Yeah, I think they can. It will be a question of whether they can get those one or two signings who make the difference.
“They are outstanding to watch and all the other stuff that goes with it. I think we now need to become a Championship club that people see as a solid, settled second-tier club. Not necessarily the biggest.”
Swansea were promoted to the Championship from League One in 2008, and it didn’t take them too long to combat one of the so called ‘hardest leagues in the world’. The Swans finished their first season back in the second-tier in eighth position. Paolo Souza guided Swansea to a seventh place finish the following year, narrowly losing out on the top six to the eventual play-off final winners Blackpool.
Then it was Brendan Rodgers’ turn – and the now Liverpool boss steered the Swans to a superb third place finish and an unforgettable play-off final victory over Reading. Since then, Swansea have improved year on year, and now Garry Monk, a former Swansea skipper, has taken the club to a whole new level.
The current Swansea manager guided Swansea to their highest ever Premier League finish last term, as the Swans ended the league season in a record-breaking eighth place. No-one could argue with their lofty position either – as Monk’s side produced some stunning performances and memorable results throughout – including securing an outstanding double over Manchester United and Arsenal along the way.
Steve Evans is not the first person to have praised Monk for the faultless job he’s done at the Liberty Stadium since taking over, and he certainly won’t be the last. Credit must also go to all the previous Swansea managers, who built the platform for the club to move upwards – but Monk has taken the mantle with aplomb and guided the Swans to dizzy heights. We’re enjoying every second. Bring on next season!