Premier League: Garry Monk is not sure how long he will be Swansea manager

Last Updated: 12/02/14 6:55pm

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Garry Monk: Not concerned by off-field issues

Garry Monk: Not concerned by off-field issues

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Garry Monk has admitted he has no idea how long he will remain in his role as Swansea manager.

Monk was placed in charge of the first team following the sacking of Michael Laudrup, and he was the toast of Swansea after guiding the team to a 3-0 win over south Wales rivals Cardiff on Saturday.

The 34-year-old is still operating under the terms of his playing contract despite taking over as manager, and he did not receive a win bonus after the famous victory over Cardiff.

But Monk insists he is in no rush to sort out the issues with chairman Huw Jenkins, and he is fully focused on the job in hand.

He said: "I saw the chairman quickly after the game on Saturday and he said 'well done'. Then I saw him at the training ground briefly on Monday. I still don't know how long I'll be in charge - I'll just get on with it.

"I didn't get the win bonus after Cardiff - I'll have to sort that out. Maybe I can cut a deal with the players.

"In all seriousness, I haven't focused on it at all and I haven't even had a chance to think about that.

"My agent will sit down with Huw at some stage and sort out all that stuff - it's not a concern to be honest."

Monk takes his side to Stoke on Wednesday, and the Swans boss believes the clash at the Britannia Stadium is more important than the south Wales derby.

"Last weekend was Cardiff, the big rivals, but if anything the game at Stoke is even bigger," he added.

"We managed to do the first part of the job right against Cardiff and this is probably the most important game out of the two in terms of continuing that momentum and making sure it isn't just a one-off.

"You always worry after a massive game like that with everything that was on it, if mentally it takes it out of the players for the next game, especially when there is such a short space of time.

"But, looking at them in training, they know their job, know they have to remain focused and need to win the points."

Swansea's previous visits to Stoke both resulted in 2-0 defeats, with Peter Crouch netting three of the four goals conceded, and Monk is determined to blunt out the threat of the former England international on Wednesday.

Monk said: "Peter Crouch has been an international player at the very highest level and has made a long career in the Premier League.

"There are a number of players up there with massive experience in this league. That's what you come up against week-in, week-out.

"What can you do to stop him? Get a ladder or chop his legs off!

"If the delivery of the ball is right you can't stop him. There is nothing you can do if the ball is properly put in.

"But there are bits and bobs you can do to make it difficult for him. Make sure there are no free headers, limit the space for him to work in.

"We will be doing all we can to try to limit his strengths."

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