Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, March 31, 2014
Garry Monk insisted his priority is securing Swansea City’s Premier League future rather than worrying about his own job prospects after sweeping aside Norwich at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans’ interim head coach knows keeping the Welsh club in the top flight is the most compelling case he can make to succeed Michael Laudrup on a permanent basis. Monk’s first league win in six moved Swansea above the Canaries and seven points clear of the Premier League’s bottom three.
“No-one has said anything to me about my position,” he said. “I just assume that will be the case come the summer. I know the board very well, I have a very good relationship with the chairman and he knows what I do and how I work.
“For me, I won’t go chasing anything because I feel if you have earned it you will get it. If they offer me the job then great, if not, then it is because I have not earned it. That is my principles. I am like that as a man and a player. I won’t be chasing the chairman to ask him if I have the job. If they feel I have done a good enough job then it will be there for all to see.
“It was a very important three points. We knew that before the game, whichever way we did it. We’ve played a lot better than that in quite a few of the games and got nothing. In some spells we were very, very good with our creativity and movement for the goals but other periods we weren’t so good, we need to improve and I have told the players that. In the realm of three points, three goals and a clean sheet I can’t really complain.”
Monk is not interested in setting points targets over the run-in but he has laid down one challenge.
“I have already told the boys I don’t want to lose another game,” he said. “There is no point focusing on points and we are definitely not safe. I don’t care what the points tally is. We have to get more wins, that is crucial. We have to keep improving, we have to keep pushing each other and keeping that positive environment at the training ground and on match days.
“The guys realised how serious a position we are in and what pleased me is I felt we managed that period when we were under a little bit of pressure much better.
“I have drilled that into the players over the last couple of weeks that you don’t concede a goal in those moments, or at worse you concede just the one goal. Ash Williams typified what we have been talking about. His positioning and his block off the line were perfect when probably a few weeks ago there might have been some frustration and a lack of concentration in that situation.”