Swansea City’s rise to the Premier League was unthinkable but their progression to a stable top flight club has been even more impressive.
The Swans were in danger of falling out of the Football League in 2003 but recovered to reach the Premier League just eight years later.
Since then, they have never been in danger of dropping out of the elite and have ruffled many feathers along the way, but the way Garry Monk has gone about his job since taking over from Michael Laudrup has been incredible.
Monk was a Swansea player for a long period of time and has transferred his knowledge of the club and its unique philosophy into his management role.
The Englishman has guided Swansea to their record Premier League points tally of 50 and they have an eighth-placed finish in their sights, meaning they would finish top of the mid-table clubs behind this season’s staple top seven.
He has maintained Swansea’s philosophy, which sees them play neat and tidy passing football and dominate possession in matches to great effect.
His summer signings were shrewd too. Gylfi Sigurdsson has been the stand out, making 10 assists in the league but the likes of Lukasz Fabianski and Ki Sung-Yeung have both done excellent jobs under the radar.
Monk is not getting the credit he deserves, purely because he is not a big name boss. Swansea are not the biggest of clubs but he has guided them from the threat of relegation to an easy top-half finish in just over a year and is surely a strong candidate for Manager of the Season.