Garry Monk: Swansea manager confident of reviving Swansea

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Garry Monk's final interview as Swansea City manager

Swansea City manager Garry Monk believes he can transform his struggling side's fortunes - but admits his future is out of his hands.

The Swans' 3-0 defeat by Leicester at the Liberty Stadium left the Swans 15th in the Premier League table with one win from their last 11 league games.

Monk, 36, has been under pressure lately, with the Swansea board considering his position.

"That's out of my hands. I can't control those decisions," he said.

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"I've been here 12 years [as a player and manager] and know exactly how the club works, what it stands for.

"I work continuously - there's no-one who works harder than me to put it right.

"I'm trying everything I can but the rest of it, speculation, I understand that."

'Better manager than I've ever been'

Swansea were comprehensively outplayed by Leicester as Riyad Mahrez's hat-trick consigned Monk's side to a seventh defeat in 11 Premier League games.

Mahrez was then embroiled in a post-match clash in the tunnel with Swansea captain Ashley Williams, who then attempted to follow the Leicester winger on to the Leicester team bus.

The Swans' difficult season is in startling contrast to the last campaign, when Monk guided them to their highest Premier League finish of eighth place in his first full term at the helm.

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Asked if he felt he was the man to steer Swansea clear of the relegation zone, Monk said: "Of course I do. I believe in myself.

"I achieved one of the best seasons the club's ever had. You don't become a bad manager because you're going through a bad period.

"I feel a better manager now than I was at any point last season but results and performances detract from that.

"I feel a better manager than I've ever been."

'A serious situation'

Swansea's next fixture is a daunting trip to third-placed Manchester City on Saturday.

Monk succeeded Michael Laudrup as the Swans' manager in February 2014 and has called on his players to dig deep to arrest their current slide.

"I'm the manager of the club and it's my responsibility. It's not acceptable," said the former Swansea captain.

"It's a very difficult moment for the club. We need to realise it's a serious situation and, whatever happens, those players in the changing room are the only ones who can change it.

"They're more than capable. It's about looking deep inside yourself, working harder than you ever have done before and making sure the club gets to where it should be - whether that's me or anyone else."

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