July and August are known as ‘Silly Season’; the time of year when players frequently trade allegiances as they decide to ditch their clubs and don a new jersey. Clubs’ seasons can come down to the quality of their transfer business, however Swansea City may have conducted their best piece of transfer business this summer already by tying down manager Garry Monk to a new three year deal.
The Swans have had a meteoric rise in recent years with the excellent managerial appointments having a beneficial effect on the side’s results. Starting with Roberto Martinez up until Garry Monk, chairman Huw Jenkins’ excellent appointments have come in an abundance.
Roberto Martinez ignited the club’s quick rise, guiding the side up to the Championship, as they steam rolled towards the League 1 title and his managerial prowess was spotted quickly, with Wigan snapping up the Spaniard as well as his assistant Graeme Jones.
Sousa followed Martinez, and the former defensive midfielder was only taking on his second managerial role with the Welsh outfit. But, the Portuguese man was a hit at the Liberty in his sole season there as he guided the club to their highest finish in 27 years, however his respectable job at the club alerted Leicester City of his ability and the manager took off after one campaign.
Brendan Rodgers was a fans favourite at the South Wales club and during his two year stint at the side, he not only guided the club to promotion to the Premier League, but he also guided them to safety in their début season in the promised land. But, the Northern Irishman was tempted by Liverpool’s offer to take over the reigns at Anfield and duly left.
Garry Monk was given the role of player-manager until the end of the season and the Englishman couldn’t have wished for a more perfect start as his charges defeated rivals Cardiff City 3-0 in his first game in charge. Since signing a three year deal last summer, his side have gone from strength to strength as they completed the double over Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Arsenal this season.
Swansea fans have always held the fear that one appointment could go awry and the club could be transcended into a relegation battle. They have been begging for a loyal, yet quality manager and they may have found their solution in Garry Monk.
The former defender spent 10 years donning the white of the Swans at both the Vetch Field and Liberty, and his heart lies firmly in Wales. Having had no managerial experience prior to his appointment was a risk, but he’s turned out to be a risk well taken as he guided the Swans to their highest Premier League finish last campaign.
Every manager has left for a new job, barring Laudrup and Monk’s affiliation seems to make him a perfect match for the job. Stability is key in the success of any football club, take note of the demise of Leeds and Portsmouth in recent years, and a loyal manager at the helm is key to any success. The 36 year-old may be inexperienced, but he’s brushed off any claims of him being a poor manager very quickly.
This new deal represents a success for Swansea already. They know they’ve got their man in charge for the next three years, with any departure unlikely due to his history with the club, and if he can just get his playing squad right then I wouldn’t be surprised to see the club featuring in the top half of the league table consistently in the coming years.