Swansea eye Moyes while Monk battles tailspin

Garry Monk is clinging to his Swansea job by a thread, with the team failing to find the net in seven of their league matches.
Garry Monk is clinging to his Swansea job by a thread, with the team failing to find the net in seven of their league matches.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON • Garry Monk's days as manager of Swansea City appear to be numbered after the Premier League club began making plans to appoint his successor in the wake of another heavy home defeat.

The Swansea board was preparing to sound out David Moyes on Sunday.

The former Everton and Manchester United manager is available after being sacked as head coach of Real Sociedad.

But the Scot is not known to be a practitioner of the type of possession football that has become Swansea's hallmark.

He may wait to see if a more suitable opening becomes available as he contemplates a return to the Premier League.

If Moyes does reject Swansea's advances, Mark Warburton, the Rangers manager, is also thought to be high on their wanted list.

He was linked with the Queens Park Rangers job but pledged to stay with the Scottish Championship side.

An offer from a Premier League side would be harder to resist.

Monk, though, dearly wants the chance to pull the club out of an 11-match tailspin in which they have won once and dropped to within one point of the bottom three.

The axe is unlikely to come before his side travel for a tough game away to Manchester City on Saturday but could come before their next home game against West Ham United on Dec 20.

Parting with Monk, 36, a popular former player who represented Swansea in more than 250 matches in all four divisions and was put in charge in February last year, would not be something that Swansea would relish.

He impressed initially, guiding the Swans to eighth last season - their best Premier League finish.

But recent results appear to have exposed his lack of experience in adversity. He was at a loss to explain Saturday's 0-3 defeat by table-toppers Leicester City.

"It is very difficult to understand," he said.

"You feel you are making progress or taking a step forward and then you get a kick in the teeth and go backwards again.

"It is extremely frustrating, and that is putting it nicely. I don't know what more I can do."

Swansea, on 14 points, are currently having their worst start to a Premier League season, keeping two clean sheets and failing to score in seven of their matches.

THE TIMES, LONDON

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2015, with the headline 'Swansea eye Moyes while Monk battles tailspin'. Print Edition | Subscribe