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Premier League Swansea City appoint Gary Monk as permanent boss

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One of the Premier League's least fashionable bosses, Swansea's Garry Monk has been rewarded for his efforts. Since he took over from sacked Michael Laudrup’s in February, he has steered the Welsh club away from relegation and Swansea look set to finish in a creditable mid-table position.

Monk is the proverbial internal appointment, having been involved in two promotions as a player before turning to coaching. It's fair to say that he knows the club inside out.

“We are delighted to confirm Garry as our new first team manager,” said Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins to the official club website.

“As a Board of Directors we carefully considered our next step because it was a very important decision for our football club. But having gone through that process, we unanimously agreed that the timing was right for Garry to be offered the job on a permanent basis.

“Garry represents all the strong values we hold so dearly as a football club and everyone is looking forward to working with him.

“We have all been impressed with his work-rate and commitment since taking over the reins in February and how he adapted in very difficult circumstances to secure the points we needed to remain in the top-flight.

“Garry will work with the current staff to refocus and improve the playing squad over the summer in order to build a strong, competitive team for another big challenge that lies ahead next season.”

Monk is the latest in a line of unsung young managers, with Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers and Everton's Roberto Martinez going onto bigger things.

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