Monk reckons Sam is boss of the year


Garry_Monk_2828358bSwansea boss Garry Monk reckons Sam Allardyce deserves to be nominated as manager of the year!

The two sides clash in Wales later today with the Irons sitting in seventh place three points and two places above the Swans.

Monk has nothing but respect for the job Allardyce has done and believes he and Southampton’s Ronald Koeman have been the season’s outstanding bosses.

He said: “I think Sam would deserve to be nominated for the manager’s award. If you look at West Ham and Southampton, those are the two clubs who are far above where people thought they would be.

“All credit to Sam. He has shown his experience. He has been open-minded and he has adapted and you have to give him massive credit for that.

“It’s something I’ve looked at and it’s something to bear in mind for me, because he knows his stuff. I think Sam would deserve to be nominated for the manager’s award”

Swansea were convincingly beaten 3-1 at Upton Park earlier this season, with Andy Carroll grabbing two and monk knows his defence has to find a way of stopping him today.

He said: “Dealing with Andy Carroll is something we have got to put right. He is an incredible player physically. He is probably the most powerful forward in the Premier League and he has supremacy over everyone.

“Sometimes when the ball in is right, there’s not much you can do, but we have to try to stop him and that’s something we’ve been working on.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • HammerJeff says:

    Spare a thought for me and eldest two sitting amongst the Swans fans! I will have to exercise Grace, and general restraint! The crowd from church I’m going with have even got me on coffee rota tomorrow – is this some kind of wind up!

    Wearing shirt with pride today and tomorrow, but today will be under a coat in wet, windy Swansea!

    Lol #coyi

  • Hope ur well mate …I’ll be wearing mins with pride today anjd tomorrow – in church and out!!!

  • conkerpot says:

    Well done for reporting a pro allardyce news story. Life is all about balance eh?

  • Conkerpot: I report everything I see – fear or favour. I have also written several pro Sam pieces this season telling people to bury their differences. I would prefer somebody more committed to a passing game but the idea I have an agenda is wrong mate

  • conkerpot says:

    I would just ask you to focus on the positive news stories as well as the negative. That’s all. For instance all the negative stuff about Adrian the goalkeeper. If you ask me he’s the best keeper in the premier league so far this season. Other news sources have reflected this. Stories about how he should play for his country. on here I remember there was a story about Adrian which was the opposite and had a negative spin on it.

  • Blimey ur going back aren’t you mate – that was early season when he was looking a bit fragile. I’ll do my best and I think I know what i’m doing mate. After all you are still here :-)))

  • conkerpot says:

    Ha ha That old nugget.

  • With over 15k followers and now only behind I’m happy even though you may not be Conker 😉

  • HammerJeff says:

    Ha ha, thanks Hugh!

    I felt like an undercover agent today, surrounded by a high number of Swans! I don’t know how I kept my gob shut or not join in with Bubbles! I didn’t celebrate when we scored, but I was so fed up when they equalised as Collins was off the pitch and it looked scrappy from where I was sitting! I was left sitting with all the Swans celebrating around me, bad move perhaps! Kids enjoyed, but collectively I will definitely want to be with fellow supporters in future as its really hard to show your emotions and rant/cheer!

    I thought Valencia was lightweight today and didn’t gel with Carroll… Nolan played ok to be fair, Downing looked good value once again… I wasn’t inspired by the bench apart from Morgan being on there, I don’t think Poyet is a game changer yet…. We missed our Africans today! Apart from our goal and a couple of excellent saves/shots near end, didn’t offer much up front…

    Quality moment when Carroll celebrated and ran towards “us” Swansea fans and was giving it large about his pony tail, cupping his ear and shhh-ing them… Respect the point, but should have won!

    Not sure if BFS at game giving MacDonald advice from stand – Had 3 Centre Backs today which was unusual…

    Coffees at church won’t be too awkward, but Spare a thought for the 4 Swansea fans my kids had the misfortune to see get run over by a bus today – it disturbed them so much, they threw their chips in the bin – some things are bigger than football 🙁

    As always, coyi!

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