Interim player coach would be under high pressure as long-term appointment for Swans
It has been a strange season for Swansea City to date. Highs of European nights and derby day wins at the Liberty Stadium to lows of manager changes and injuries to their best players, has seen a roller-coaster of a campaign so far.
After the unthinkable departure of Michael Laudrup in February, Garry Monk stepped up to the plate as interim player-coach for ‘the foreseeable future’. The exact term that was uttered down the M4 by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan about the future of Malky Mackay in December. That promise lasted all of five-days.
But under the slightly more respectable ownership of Huw Jenkins, Garry Monk is more than likely to be offered the job on a full-time basis should he keep the Swans in the Premier League. It would be good for the club and the Premier League as a whole.
We often complain that young British managers are not given the big jobs, and that owners are often too quick to dive into the pool of foreign managers. Monk knows Swansea as well as anyone and has a strong connection with the fans, making him a suitable choice.
But accepting the vacancy permanently may leave Monk susceptible to the kind of treatment from the outside world that Tim Sherwood is currently facing at Tottenham.
There, Sherwood is expected to fail by the media and is constantly linked with being replaced at the end of the season. Such a situation is a shame to see, given that the ex-Spurs player has breathed a fresh sense of passion and realism into such a high-profile role. It is the kind of hypocrisy only the Premier League could generate. A young British manager given a chance, only to be constantly told that he squander the opportunity.
Monk is the same kind of character at Swansea. Passion for the club runs through every vein in his body. He reacts like a player whether the Swans win, lose or draw. But particularly with Swansea and their fast-paced, ball retention footballing principles, it may expose Monk to even higher pressure.
Failure to perpetuate their quality brand of football, and fans and media alike may be calling for his head sooner rather than later. At least for Spurs things could only get better under Sherwood.
The challenge, should he chose to accept it, or rather be handed it, would represent both the good and the bad elements of Premier League football. Monk's appointment would be great news for all young coaches and the British manager count in the top-flight.
But should he struggle to get Swansea back to the standards they were used to under Laudrup, then we may see yet more knee-jerk reactions from senior figures and desire for foreign manager imports.
Does Garry Monk deserve the opportunity to manage Swansea on a permanent basis?