Speculation about Monk’s time at Swansea went a tad overboard this week as the South Wales Evening Post declared two national newspapers claimed that Monk had missed training on Wednesday.
In fact, it wasn’t the Wednesday that Monk was absent – which would have been his first absence in 20 months in charge of the Premier League side – it was the Tuesday session which he missed, due to a pre-planned family commitment.
Ahead of Swansea’s clash with Aston Villa, Monk swatted away the claims, reassuring that he had the full support of Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins. He laughed off the claims, stating:
“It is quite comical really, some of the stuff I have heard this week. I’d give anything to have a day off! I had a personal commitment. It was the day after the (Stoke) game so it was a recovery session, I planned it and it was overseen by my staff.”
“It had been arranged for a long, long time and my staff delivered it perfectly. In terms of journalism they cannot even get the day right which makes you laugh. I think the journalist who wrote it probably needs a day off. Whoever it was, I don’t think their brains were working that day.”
At least after what’s been a particularly disappointing week for Swansea fans in the Tavern, they finally have something to smile about.
If the journalist who provided us with a couple of smiles recently does take Monk’s advice of a day off, I can’t imagine him popping by the Tavern for a few games of darts with the Swansea faithful!
Swansea fans, is Monk still the right man for the job? Let us know in the comments below!
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