Garry Monk says his Swansea players ignored the speculation around his position before they recovered from a goal down to win at Aston Villa.
Swansea were winless in six games ahead of their Villa Park trip and Monk was reported to have missed training earlier in the week amid talk of increased tension at the club.
But the Swans put that aside to recover from Jordan Ayew’s opener for Villa by sealing a 2-1 win over Tim Sherwood’s side thanks to goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew.
Monk said: “It’s a case of knowing what these players are capable of. I don’t focus on the circus which goes on outside. I make the players focus on football.
“You win and lose games no matter what. It’s the nature of the sport we’re in. It’s important we reach our standards. It was never going to be easy because of the circus which has gone on this week.
“In terms of the criticism I was receiving myself, you feel for Tim. He is an excellent coach and manager and no-one will be working harder than him to put it right.”
There was a flare-up in the tunnel at the end of the game as tempers boiled over following a clash between Micah Richards and Federico Fernandez in the first half, but Monk played it down.
He added: “The boys came in and they were fine. Everyone was talking about the game.”