Garry Monk pens new Swansea contract

Swansea manager Garry Monk has signed a new three-year contract following his side’s record-breaking 2014/15 campaign.

The Swans’ eighth-placed finish was the highest in club history, as was their total of 56 points. They even managed historic doubles over Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal in a season which saw them sell star striker Wilfried Bony to Manchester City.

“As a club we are pleased to agree the new contract with Garry,” Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told the club’s website. “It’s deserved reward for the fantastic season we’ve just had and all Garry’s hard work, commitment and loyalty to our football club over many years.

“We also feel it is vital to have stability within our football club, especially with Garry going into such a big season where the reward for remaining within the Barclays Premier League is going to be greater than ever in terms of finance and global exposure.”

Monk, who previously captained the side he joined as a player in 2004, made 270 appearances for the club, scoring seven goals. It was after Michael Laudrup’s dismissal in February 2014 that Monk took over, and in his first game in charge, led the club to a 3-0 home victory against bitter rivals Cardiff City.

“I’m extremely pleased to sign the new deal,” said the former center-back. “We’ve been talking for a while, mostly over the finer details, so I’m glad it’s all finalised heading into a new and very important season for the club.

“This is my 12th year at Swansea and I’ve always given everything for the club. That will continue and I’m excited and looking forward to the new campaign.”

Monk has been busy thus far in the transfer window, securing the signings of forwards Andre Ayew and Eder, as well as French defender Franck Tabanou and Swedish goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfelt.

Swansea, whose 2015/16 Premier League season kicks off against champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, will be leaving for a week-long training camp in Germany on Sunday, where they will face the likes of Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1860 Munich.