Swansea City: Garry Monk appointment 'worst kept secret'

Alan Curtis and Garry Monk

Swansea City assistant manager Alan Curtis hopes the appointment of Garry Monk as permanent manager will be confirmed soon.

The 35-year-old, who replaced Michael Laudrup in February, has steered Swansea to Premier League safety.

Monk will meet chairman Huw Jenkins this week to finalise terms on a deal expected to see him stay in charge.

"It's probably one of the worst kept secrets," former Wales striker Curtis said.

"I think it's been discussed but it just needs to actually come out in the open.

"We just need final closure on it really and we can move on and start preparing for next year.

Manager decision imminent - Monk

"Once we get the clarity of Garry being confirmed then we can start making decisions."

Curtis has been assisting Monk after he replaced the sacked Laudrup "for the foreseeable future" in February.

Monk guided the club to Premier League safety with two games to spare and the club hope to confirm the appointment before Sunday's final game of the season at Sunderland.

Since taking over Monk has seen his side win four, draw three and lose six of their Premier League games.

Swansea lie 13th in the table after losing 1-0 to Southampton at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

After that match, Monk commented about his role at the club: "Nothing's been confirmed.

"They [the board] said they would confirm it [the manager's role] before the end of the season, so that means there's a week left and obviously sooner will be better rather than later."

Swansea secured a place in the Premier League for next season when they beat Aston Villa 4-1 on 24 April.

Monk joined the Swans as a player in 2004 when they were in League Two under former boss Kenny Jackett and became captain two years later.

He has made 260 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals.

Monk had preliminary talks with Jenkins in the week leading up to the match with Southampton, and it is understood no other candidate has been spoken to by the club.