Monk ready for Swans challenge

first_img “I feel very honoured,” Monk told reporters on Friday. “It is something I have always dreamed about doing. I didn’t expect it to come this soon, and it is an opportunity I intend to take. “I’ve lived in this city for 10 years. I have always tried my hardest for the club, so it never felt like a trial. “You are there to be judged. I expect that. It doesn’t faze me at all. I have a plan in my own head of what I want to do and how to go about it. “I want to take the club forward. I have been part of the 10-year journey with this club, and now it is about improving on that, which is what I will be looking to do.” Monk’s first task – after Sunday’s Barclays Premier League finale at Sunderland – will be to keep working on the squad he would like in place for next term. “Players will go and players will come. I think players understand that, and clubs understand that,” he added. “You will be constantly linked with players when you are in the Premier League. I think it’s just a case of us working closely together and making sure we get the targets we want to get. “As a club, you have to be looking at all sorts of players, and that is what we have been doing. In the coming weeks, I guess we will narrow it down.” Monk constantly straight-batted questions about his future in recent weeks, and he admitted that it was not until after top-flight safety was secured did he even contemplate focusing on himself. “It is not about me, it was about the situation that we were in, me coming in and making sure that the team got across the line,” he said. “I think it has only been since the Aston Villa game (last month) that I have turned my thoughts to myself. “We really want to finish off with a positive result for our fans and ourselves on Sunday. “We were disappointed last week (against Southampton). We deserved at least a point, and to come away with nothing was hard to take. We need a reaction.” Swansea’s chairman Huw Jenkins said Monk’s longevity with the club had been a key factor behind his appointment. “Garry’s experience of working with us as a football club is vital,” he said. “We feel one of the most important ingredients of appointing any manager is making sure you have got people with you that can work together and for the football club. They are the qualities he has. “There is always that difficulty of somebody coming in during the season. Now that we have got this set in motion for next season, he has got all pre-season to work with the players and that is a massive thing going forward. “We fought a battle for 10 years against all the odds to achieve what we achieved, and we have got to make sure that we collectively have got that belief going forward that we can defy the odds. “I think Garry is accustomed to that – I think that will be embedded in our players going forward. “We have all been doing this long enough to realise that staying in the Premier League is number one. Some of our fans might think that is defeatist, but I think it is just realism of the level we are playing at. “The challenge exists to stay in the Premier League and secondly we have always got an inner belief that every game we play we can go out and win, and we will see where that takes us. “The reason we have been successful is that we have always been fighting against the odds since we got promoted to the Premier League. “The moment we get complacent, we will go backwards. Every year has got to be a challenge and a fight – we know that. The more we challenge and fight, the higher we will finish up the league.” Former Swans captain Monk’s three-year deal sees him succeed revered bosses like Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup at the Liberty Stadium. He was named in temporary charge after Laudrup departed the club earlier this season before Swansea decided he was the man to take them forward on a long-term basis. Press Association Garry Monk will take charge of Swansea for the first time this weekend as their new permanent manager, claiming: “It doesn’t faze me at all.”last_img read more

UEFA Leagues Have Up Till May 25 to Decide on Seasons

first_imgArsenal, Tottenham, Brighton and West Ham have opened their training grounds to players for individual work.The Premier League league is hopeful of a potential 8 June restart and finishing at the end of July to fit in with Uefa’s European competition plans. This would require full training to begin by 18 May.Top-flight clubs will meet on Friday to discuss options for the restart.Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he had been in contact with clubs about restarting the Premier League “as soon as possible”.Professional Footballers’ Association deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes said: “We have been assured of the intentions of all that there would be no resumption unless guarantees of safety could be given to the players.“The overriding principle for all parties is the health and safety of all participants on and off the field, and of course the wider public.”The Scottish Premiership is suspended indefinitely and the season could yet be declared over, a move already taken with the second, third and fourth tiers north of the border.On Tuesday, the French government banned all sporting events, even without spectators, until September, signalling the end of the season for the top two divisions in the country, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2.The Dutch top flight was abandonedon Friday with no promotion or relegation and no champions, while on Monday Belgian clubs postponed a vote on confirming the cancellation of their top flight until next week.The deadline set by Uefa is referred to in a set of guidelines on ‘eligibility principles’ for European competitions that the governing body’s president and general secretary have sent out to football bodies.“Given the unforeseen and unprecedented situation […] national associations and leagues are facing a situation whereby the completion of their domestic competitions may be at risk,” they write.Stakeholders are told they “should be in a position to communicate to Uefa by 25 May the planned restart of their domestic competitions, including the date of restart and the relevant competition format”.It adds: “In the event that a domestic competition is to be prematurely terminated for legitimate reasons […] Uefa would require the national association to explain by 25 May.”Uefa is understood to have set the date because of its next executive committee meeting two days later, when decisions on the restarting of the Champions League and Europa League may be reached. It is viewed as flexible guidance, rather than a rigid deadline.Last week, after a video call meeting of all 55 national associations, Uefa made clear it wants on-field performanceto determine which clubs make up next season’s European club competitions, despite the current shutdown.Uefa urged clubs to “explore all possible options” to finish their seasons.It accepted that in “special cases” some could be cancelled, but asked authorities to use “a different format” if needed in order for teams to qualify for European competitions.If league seasons cannot be finished, it said national associations would need to select clubs to qualify for Europe.Uefa said it could “refuse or evaluate” selected teams if necessary.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram European leagues have until 25th May to tell UEFA whether they want to complete or cancel their seasons.Football is suspended in all European countries apart from Belarus because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League has this week stepped up its plans to resume the season in what has been labelled ‘Project Restart’.last_img read more