Garry Monk Officially Confirmed as Permanent Swansea Manager

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

Swansea City manager Garry Monk gesticulates from the sideline during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Swansea City at Britannia Stadium in Stoke on Trent, England, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Swansea City have announced Garry Monk as their permanent manager, putting pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans released a statement, via the official club website, with chairman Huw Jenkins commenting on the decision to reward Monk after three months in the role as interim manager:

We are delighted to confirm Garry as our new first-team manager. 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. 

As we look forward to our fourth season in the Premier League, we all agreed that we needed to get back to basics and reinforce the principles that have brought us success in recent years. Garry represents all the strong values we hold so dearly as a football club and everyone is looking forward to working with him. ...

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 moved to the South Wales outfit from Barnsley in 2004 and has remained a part of the Swansea setup since, a great deal of that time spent as captain of the club.

In his decade at the Liberty Stadium, Monk made 270 appearances for the Swans, per their official website, helping drive them from League Two to their current Premier League status.

HULL, ENGLAND - APRIL 05:  Swansea City manager Garry Monk during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Swansea City at KC Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Hull, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
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The 35-year-old was awarded the role of player-manager in February 2014 following the dismissal of Michael Laudrup, providing Monk with a difficult test in his first coaching position.

Since being appointed to the position, Swansea City have won four, drawn three and lost six of their last 13 Premier League fixtures, struggling to put together consistent results.

There are those who clearly don't feel as encouraged by Swansea's announcement, with Paddy Power receiving enquiries regarding his odds of being sacked before the end of the year: 

However, the club evidently have faith in what Monk can bring to the clubhis relationship with those in the squad, whom he still calls teammates, being among the most enamouring factors.

The Swans' final fixture of the 2013-14 season is an away trip to Sunderland on Sunday, where Monk will hope to give those travelling fans their money's worth and a positive note to end the campaign on.