Jack Cork says Swansea's Garry Monk has Jose Mourinho’s 'X-Factor'

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Garry Monk has led Swansea to their record Premier League points tally and Jack Cork says he has the same X-Factor as Jose Mourinho.

Swansea City became only the third team in Premier League history to defeat Manchester United and Arsenal home and away in one single season on Monday night.

They defeated the Gunners 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to a late Bafetimbi Gomis header to move to within one point of Southampton in seventh place.

Should Arsenal defeat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final later this month, seventh place will be enough to secure Europa League football next season. Reaching those heights would almost certainly make Monk a strong contender to win Manager of the Year. His achievements have been remarkable.

Not only has he turned around Swansea from relegation candidates to mid-table mediocrity but he hasn’t stopped there. Once the Swans secured their safety, they have continued to pick up results, unlike West Ham.

Now, they are being rewarded and could even upset the likes of Southampton and Tottenham just ahead of them, who appeared to have sixth and seventh place sewn up.

Monk has been a revelation and has established himself as a top Premier League manager. He signed Jack Cork in January from the Saints and the midfielder echoes that sentiment.

Cork believes Monk has similar characteristics to Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers who he worked with at Chelsea when he was a youngster.

The 25-year-old told the Mirror: “I definitely think the gaffer has got that managerial X-Factor. I have only been a professional for seven years, but I was at Chelsea and worked with some good managers there.

“You can see there are similarities between Garry and those guys. He has learnt from the managers he had at Swansea like Brendan and Michael Laudrup and he has settled into the manager’s role well.”

Considering what Mourinho especially has achieved in his career, that is extremely high praise. Monk has a long way to go to reach the Portuguese’s level but he has certainly started his managerial career on the right path.

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