Where should Swansea turn if Garry Monk is to be sacked?


The walls appear to be closing in around Swansea boss Garry Monk. One win in 11 Premier League games leaves the south Wales club just one point above the relegation zone and their manager the 1/3 favourite to be the next Premier League boss to leave.

In the five games since their last win, Swansea have scored just two goals and have shipped 10. At this stage last season, the club had earned eight more points than they currently have. Although they aren’t thought of as a sacking club, their form could force their hands with the January transfer window approaching.

The availability of two experienced top-flight bosses, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers, only stands to increase the pressure on the former club captain, who has experienced a dramatic fall from grace after guiding the Swans to their best top-flight finish last term.

Media reports suggest that Swansea’s chairman, Huw Jenkins, has been in contact with Moyes, while the previous relationship between Rodgers and the Liberty Stadium outfit makes the Northern Irishman a natural fit to succeed Monk.

But are there better options available should Jenkins decide to part ways with the 36-year-old tactician?

Nigel Pearson remains curiously out of work despite a raft of managerial exits across the country’s top two divisions in the past few months. However, the former Leicester manager is prominent in the betting to succeed Steve Clarke at Reading.

Mark Warburton’s exploits at Rangers continue to see him linked with vacant positions. The former Brentford man insists he isn’t leaving the Ibrox giants anytime soon, but would he be as resistant to a Premier League offer?

The Swans aren’t afraid to hire a continental manager either and former Borussia Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre remains out of work since resigning with the Foals back in September, while rumblings on Twitter suggest former Napoli man Walter Mazzarri has held talks with the club.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.