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Swansea City’s derailment slows one of football’s most impressive rises | Barry Glendenning

The sacking of Garry Monk and procrastination over Francesco Guidolin’s appointment suggest the garden is not rosy in what was held up as a model club

Prompted by journalists before making his England debut, Jonjo Shelvey ran the idea of Garry Monk becoming Roy Hodgson’s eventual successor as England manager up the flagpole and left it flapping in the breeze. The Swansea City midfielder’s views were duly noted and reproduced. Few who read them appeared to consider them the ravings of a madman. Monk was young, English, hard-working, extremely diligent and doing well in his first management stint. Why shouldn’t his hat go in the ring in the event of the incumbent’s departure?

Nobody could have foreseen that less than five months later he would be out of a job, while Shelvey would be a Newcastle player. Monk was sacked in early December while the 23-year-old fledgling England international was sold last week to Newcastle United, one of Swansea’s fellow relegation strugglers. It was a transaction that raised many quizzical eyebrows, not least when the midfielder teed up both goals in Newcastle’s weekend win over West Ham to help his new team overtake his old one in the league table.

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Swansea City’s derailment slows one of football’s most impressive rises | Barry Glendenning

The sacking of Garry Monk and procrastination over Francesco Guidolin’s appointment suggest the garden is not rosy in what was held up as a model club

Prompted by journalists before making his England debut, Jonjo Shelvey ran the idea of Garry Monk becoming Roy Hodgson’s eventual successor as England manager up the flagpole and left it flapping in the breeze. The Swansea City midfielder’s views were duly noted and reproduced. Few who read them appeared to consider them the ravings of a madman. Monk was young, English, hard-working, extremely diligent and doing well in his first management stint. Why shouldn’t his hat go in the ring in the event of the incumbent’s departure?

Nobody could have foreseen that less than five months later he would be out of a job, while Shelvey would be a Newcastle player. Monk was sacked in early December while the 23-year-old fledgling England international was sold last week to Newcastle United, one of Swansea’s fellow relegation strugglers. It was a transaction that raised many quizzical eyebrows, not least when the midfielder teed up both goals in Newcastle’s weekend win over West Ham to help his new team overtake his old one in the league table.

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