Alex Neil says it will be “a sad day in football” if Swansea City sack Garry Monk on the back of Saturday’s defeat to his Norwich City side.
Swansea appeared bereft of ideas and confidence both before and after Jonny Howson’s second-half headed goal extended Swansea’s run to only one win in nine games under Monk.
It has led to speculation the 36-year-old will be sacked, but Neil praised his former Barnsley team-mate’s credentials after ending Norwich’s own poor run of six games without a win.
“Yeah (they’d be stupid to panic with Monk),” Neil said.
“If you look at them last year, they got the highest-ever points tally they’ve had. What changes from the end of that season for 12 games into this season?
“It’s the same manager, he’s probably not doing too much different, you just go through wee lulls and spells where it becomes tough, maybe people are out of form or you pick up a couple of injuries, there’s a host of things.
“Maybe he needs to freshen it up a little bit, but Garry will be best placed to know exactly what he needs to do next. For me, if you got rid of Garry Monk or even thought about it it’s a sad day in football.
“We’re only 12 games into the season. I know a couple (of managers are) already gone but it just shows you what football’s like.”
Monk remained convinced that his team, who dominated possession without doing anything of note, did not deserve defeat.
His squad remains among the Premier League’s more talented but accepts they are low in confidence and that they will soon be battling relegation should their results not swiftly improve.
“When you are in a period such as this your confidence is not going to be at its highest but you have to give them the trust that you believe in them,” he said.
“I understand that football is a tough business and a cruel business. It is very cut-throat and you are working to very thin margins.
“Of course you are always wary of (joining the relegation battle) and bear it in mind. We are not quite there yet but in the next few days we have got to put our marker down otherwise the situation will be the situation. I don’t think of it like that, I look at it as a challenge.”
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