Swansea City: Garry Monk not 'fazed' by task ahead

Garry Monk

Garry Monk says he feels "honoured" to be Swansea City's permanent boss but is not daunted by the task ahead of him.

The 35-year-old was confirmed manager on a three-year deal following a spell in interim charge.

His first game in full-time charge will be Sunday's final game of the Premier League season at Sunderland.

"It is something I have always dreamed about doing. I didn't expect it to come this soon, and it is an opportunity I intend to take," he said.

"I've lived in this city for 10 years. I have always tried my hardest for the club, so it never felt like a trial.

"You are there to be judged, I expect that. It doesn't faze me at all. I have a plan in my own head of what I want to do and how to go about it.

"I want to take the club forward. I have been part of the 10-year journey with this club, and now it is about improving on that, which is what I will be looking to do."

The former club captain was placed in temporary charge of Swansea following Michael Laudrup's sacking in February and he guided the club to Premier League safety with two games to spare

The Swans go into the final game of the season at the Stadium of Light in 13th place in the table after a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton last Saturday.

"We really want to finish off with a positive result for our fans and ourselves on Sunday," Monk added.

"We were disappointed last week (against Southampton). We deserved at least a point, and to come away with nothing was hard to take. We need a reaction."

Monk will start planning for next season - Swansea's fourth campaign in the Premier League - following Sunday's game.

"Players will go and players will come. I think players understand that, and clubs understand that," Monk said.

"You will be constantly linked with players when you are in the Premier League. I think it's just a case of us working closely together and making sure we get the targets we want to get.

"As a club, you have to be looking at all sorts of players, and that is what we have been doing. In the coming weeks, I guess we will narrow it down."