Garry Monk helped lead Swansea City from the fourth-tier of English football to the Premier League as the club’s captain and center-back for ten seasons.
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He was then promoted to manager and helped guide the club to its best-ever campaign last season, finishing eighth in the Premier League with a record points tally.
However, the Swans’ struggles early this season saw Monk fired from his position on Wednesday, ending his long tenure with the Welsh club.
Alan Curtis, who has taken over as Swansea’s caretaker boss, said many around the club feel they have let down Monk this year.
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Curtis, who himself made more than 350 appearances for Swansea before returning as a coach after retiring, said Monk’s history with the growth of the club has made his departure harder to take.
We are all used to managers leaving because sadly that has always been part of the game. But Garry’s departure seemed a lot more personal to everyone because he has been at the club so long, together with [former coach] Kristian O’Leary.
We all feel, staff and players, that we have let him down and we want to go a small way to rectifying that on Saturday.
Some may say it’s too late because Garry’s already gone, but we also have a massive duty and responsibility to the club and our supporters.
Monk was revered at Swansea, and over his time in charge saw his stock rise as one of the brightest young English managers in the game. However, with the club sitting just one point above the drop, the board believed it was time to make a change.
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The 36-year-old will certainly get another chance to manage in the Premier League, but Swansea must now move forward without him. It will be a tough task for the caretaker Curtis to get the club back on track this weekend, as they travel to the Etihad for a match against Manchester City.