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Monk: Special unity key to success


16:45 11th October 2012

. . . All in it together, says club captain

Club captain Garry Monk believes Swansea City’s close-knit squad will help Michael Laudrup’s men maintain their mid-table spot when the season kicks-off again after the international break.

With the Barclays Premier League taking a break this weekend, the long-serving Monk is confident the Swans will be firing on all cylinders when Wigan arrive at the Liberty Stadium next Saturday for another crucial encounter (3pm).

Having suffered three straight league defeats, the Swans bounced back last week with an impressive comeback against Reading to earn a 2-2 draw and maintain their 11th place spot in the top flight.

“Every point in the Premier League is hard to come by,’’ explained Monk. “But we’ve got eight so far, so we must be doing something right, and we are looking to push on.

“It was quite funny reading an article in the paper this morning saying that the senior players were ready to revolt against the manager. Well I say funny, in fact it made most of the boys angry.

“The article came as a surprise to us all because we are a close-knit club - always have been and always will be - whatever people say or write. People from the outside have written us off every year since we started to move up the divisions since League Two, but we are still moving forward as a club, on and off the field.

“There are always rumours flying around every football club, but I can assure you that there is no problem here and everyone is pulling in the same direction.

“If there is a problem then everyone knows that the door to the manager’s office is always open and you are listened to and treated the same whether you are a senior player or a young pro - and that’s the way it should be.

“Everyone wants to keep driving this club forward to continue the Swansea City success story. Nothing will detract us from that goal, whatever people from the outside say, because we owe it to those fans that have shown us unbelievable support over the years.

“We are different to most clubs in the fact that everything is so close-knit, from the chairman down to the players and the interaction with the fans. Even the chairman comes down to watch us train virtually every day. Most of the players chat openly and regularly with him throughout the week – and most of it isn’t even about football.

“If people want to try and unsettle us, then fine, because I can guarantee it will only make us stronger.’’

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