Swansea City manager Garry Monk has explained to the South Wales Evening Post that Baggies boss Tony Pulis has been a big inspiration to him.
Swansea head to West Brom in the Premier League this evening and Monk feels there’s a lot to be learned from his opposite number.
“He (Pulis) has been really supportive — he has given me his views on the way football works and shared his experience with me,” said Monk.
“It takes a clever person to do the things that he does — and he has proved it works.”
Monk is one of the youngest managers in the top flight of a European country so it’s only natural that he’ll turn to his more experienced colleagues for advice and guidance.
Pulis has a number of qualities such as demanding complete passion and commitment from his players, which Monk would do well to brand over his Swansea players.
Where he needs to be careful is in ensuring that he doesn’t try Pulis tactics or styles, which don’t fit in line with the job he’s trying to perform at the Welsh club.
Only Monk can make that judgement, but it’s arguable that Swansea are a possession based team rather than a direct side.
He has to take the advice from Pulis, and other managers, focus on the things that work and how he can apply them at Swansea to get the best results.
Monk seems to be a very noble coach who will hopefully stress the benefits of his own experience and style to someone in the position he’s in right now.