Garry Monk has emerged as one of the best Premier League managers at Swansea, says one of his predecessors and formers bosses, Roberto Martinez.
Martinez’s club Everton clash with the Swans in league action on Saturday, with both sides heading into the game after impressive starts.
Monk and Martinez have a storied history, with the former replacing the Spaniard as Swansea captain in 2006. Martinez was then appointed club manager in February 2007, taking the club – and Monk – to the Championship before he left for Wigan in 2009.
Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup have tried their hand at managing the Swans since Martinez’s departure to varying degrees of success, but Monk’s reign has seen the club achieve their highest-ever Premier League finish of 8th last campaign.
Martinez has praised the work of his former student ahead of the weekend meeting between the two.
“I am a big admirer of what Garry Monk has done at Swansea,” Martinez said. “I don’t see another manager who has had as big an influence over the last three seasons in taking different roles.
“Having to stabilise the team, giving them direction to avoid relegation and then finishing that season in Europe that was very challenging.
“Then having a full season and achieving their best ever finish in the Premier League and then now having such a strong start to the campaign with different personnel.
“It has been a very, very impressive job that Garry Monk is doing and when you see the team playing it has a strong philosophy, but is flexible at the same time, and one that is always competitive.
“I think Swansea deserved to beat Manchester United in their last game and that speaks volumes for where they are and where they can go.
“You feel that with Garry there, there are many, many good things that can arrive for Swansea.”