Monk & Michu Scenarios Show How Quickly Things Change


Things in football can turn around pretty quickly.

MICH-MONKNo sooner had fans picked the bones out of Swansea’s dismal showing at Carrow Road against Norwich, that strong rumours emerged manager Garry Monk was on the verge of being sacked by club Chairman Huw Jenkins.

In the end, such rumours proved unfounded, although word from within the Liberty Stadium is that the ever patient Jenkins is, at the very least, concerned with current form.

Monk is currently undergoing a harsh lesson in football management. Supporters and journalists can have very short memories.

Indeed, it was only six weeks ago that the 36-year-old was being touted as a future England manager, after Swansea’s record breaking 2014/15 season was cemented by a superb start to the 2015/15 campaign.

His team were even being mentioned as outside Champions League contenders, before a run of just one win in eight games suddenly sparked talk of a relegation battle.

But while Swansea’s performances have been lacklustre in recent weeks, and Monk’s apparent refusal to change tactics or personnel questionable – his position should be safe for the foreseeable future.

Let us keep a sense of perspective here. Swansea lie 14th in the Premier League, five points clear of the bottom three, and three points off Liverpool who occupy the final spot in the top half.

Concerning? Yes. A full blown crisis? No.

It is the thought of perspective that Jenkins is now renowned for recognising. The recent media speculation has overshadowed his achievement of being named CEO of the Year at the Football Business Awards last week. Such recognition does not arise from making rash decisions and sacking managers at the first sign of trouble.

Furthermore, while he is astute enough to know his job status is governed by results, Monk has already earned the right to be given time at the helm.

But Monk is perhaps not the only individual in South Wales left wondering this week how perception changes quickly.

Michu finally left the Liberty Stadium this week – his contract terminated prematurely with no club seemingly willing to take him on board.

This was the same Michu who not so long ago, was a cult hero amongst the Jack Army. His superlative finishing and goal scoring led Swansea to a first ever League Cup win in 2012/13, and saw his name linked to £30 million bids from the likes of Athletic Madrid.

It was heartening to see him leave with dignity and respect for the club via social media this week, but it left many wondering how it came to this?

The answer? That the game of football can change very quickly. It is notion that Garry Monk is now all too aware of.