When Garry Monk took charge of Swansea City, they were in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle, but he has turned their fortunes around and established them well inside the top half of the Premier League table.
Monk’s men achieved a record points tally in the Premier League as well as a record number of victories since they were promoted back to the top-flight in 2011. They topped off a fantastic season with league doubles over heavyweights Manchester United and Arsenal, who both qualified for the Champions League.
Swansea may benefit from missing out on European qualification themselves as it means they will be able to focus on finishing as high as possible domestically once again.
Despite all of their success over the past year, winger Wayne Routledge believes Monk can guide Swansea to an even higher finish in 2015-16.
He told the club’s official website: “We've been on a massive up curve since I've been here. How far we can go now is the million dollar question.
"It just keeps going the same way, but we just take things day by day and game by game. We have to take that into next season and hopefully evolve more.”
On a personal level, Routledge is extremely happy with life in Swansea and his career has definitely benefitted since his move to the club. He has been a regular in their side, something which he had not experienced in his career until he signed for the Welsh club.
He continued: “The way we play as a team really helps me and I think that's true of a lot of the players that are here now. Going on my track record possibly I didn't expect to be at Swansea this long, but I couldn't be happier with the way things have turned out here.
“I enjoy living here - I'm bringing my family down next year. I love the way the club's run and the way the team play football. I love everything about it so I'm home. I'm here until someone tells me differently.”