Swansea boss Gary Monk has slammed reports he missed training as “farcical” and suggests they were designed to unsettle his out of form team.
Despite the Welsh club’s impressive start to the season, Monk has come under pressure after a poor run of form which has left them without a win since August.
There has also been speculation that the 36-year-old could replace Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa – which Monk dismissed as “comical” – while it has also been suggest the Swansea hierarchy want to bring in an experienced coach to aid the former club captain.
“It’s farcical to be honest with you. These stories come out from time to time, for whatever reason, whether it’s to try and unsettle us, I don’t know,” Monk said.
“From my perspective, and from the club’s and the players’, we don’t listen to things like that. We are a committed club together. Our strength is our unity and we use that to get training right and go into the game fully focused.
Swansea are 14th in the league, having finished a club-record eighth last season.
“The staff that I’ve created around me, and myself, did what no other manager has done at the club last season, in terms of what we achieved. We created history, so there’s no need for anything.
“The chairman is very supportive and allows me to develop myself and the staff. Both I and he are very happy with them, but we’ll always work to get better.
“I’ve never thought about bringing anyone else in. I want my staff to represent what I represent and they all contribute. We’re all on the same wavelength and we will try and do the same as we did last year this time.
“Considering the week I’ve probably had it’s comical. Tim is working as hard as I will be and you have to let managers get on with their jobs. Links and this type of thing really do not help.
“We had a similar sticky patch at a time last season but we relied on our unity and brought ourselves together. We just concentrate on what’s relevant to us as a group.”
On Saturday Monk will come up against the man he is being tipped to replace when Swansea travel to Sherwood’s struggling Aston Villa.