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Premier League: Swansea confirm Gary Monk departure


Premier League side Swansea have confirmed the departure of boss Gary Monk.

Monk's future had been under increased scrutiny in recent weeks as, despite a positive start to the season, the Welsh side have been in free fall with only one win since September.

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has released a statement following the departure of manager Garry Monk.

“The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart," he said.

“To find ourselves in our current situation from where we were in the first week of September, and considering the drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months, it has brought us to this unfortunate decision today.

 “Garry took on the job 22 months ago with the backing of everyone at the club. And when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time. 

“It was not a decision we took lightly, especially given Garry’s history and standing within the club. And it goes without saying that we wish Garry all the very best for the future and thank him for his tremendous service, not only as a player over the last decade, but also as our manager. He will always have a warm welcome at this football club."

Monk spent over a decade at the club as a defender, helping them rise up the League to the top flight for the first time.

When Michael Laudrup was sacked in February 2014, Monk was handed the reins by Jenkins, and managed arrest the club's poor form for the rest of the season.

The 2014/15 season, his only full season in charge of the club, led to a highest ever league finish of eighth and Monk was being widely tipped as one of the brightest young managers in the country.

And the Swans began the season in similar form, with eight points from their opening four games, including a draw with Chelsea and beating Manchester United. 

Their form since September however has been less than favourable, and Monk leaves the club just a point above Newcastle in the last relegation spot.

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