As Monk takes Leeds up table, Swansea may regret letting him go

By Jake Ashby

Garry Monk’s Leeds side headed into the international break in play-off position following their emphatic 3-2 win away at Norwich.

The win was Leeds’ seventh win in their last ten league games. Conversely, Monk’s former side, Swansea City, haven’t won a league game since the opening day of the season.

Swansea fans see their team sitting in the relegation zone and may be wondering why the club decided to sack Monk in the first place.

Almost a year after dismissing Monk, the Swans may be regretting the decisions made last season following their fall down the table.

HITC sports editor Dan Coombs asked the question, did Swansea make a terrible mistake sacking Garry Monk?

Swansea are on a downwards trajectory whereas Monk’s career is currently on the up. After his appointment as manager in February 2014, Monk finished the season strongly and lead Swansea to a comfortable 12th placed finish. In his first full season Monk guided Swansea to an eighth placed finished accumulating a club-record 56 points in the 2014/15 season.

Monk’s second full season in charge didn’t go as planned and the Englishman was sacked in December 2015 following a run of 1 win in 11 league games.

Since Monk’s departure, Swansea have seen Italian Francesco Guidolin and American Bob Bradley take charge, the former being sacked in October and the latter failing to win in his opening 4 games.

Swansea currently sit 18th in the premier league table, and some fans feel that Swansea were wrong to sack Monk in the first place.

In June 2016 champion strugglers Leeds United announced Monk as their new manager, their 7th new manager in 2 years.

Monk almost faced the axe again after a tough start to his United career which saw him win only 1 of his opening 6 league outings.

Since then however Monk has come into his own at Leeds and has seen the side rise from 22nd to 6th in the Championship table.

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