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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Monk wants Swans to kick on

Swansea manager Gary Monk
Swansea manager Gary Monk

Swansea's strong start to the Premier League campaign has left manager Gary Monk convinced his players should aim for more than just mere survival in the Premier League this season.

Avoiding relegation at the end of this season will be more important for the clubs with the league's jaw-dropping £5.14 billion domestic TV rights deal kicking in next summer. Swansea have made an impressive start to their campaign by picking up four points from two matches, including a 1-1 draw against champions Chelsea and a convincing 2-0 win over Newcastle United at the Liberty stadium.

"I tried to make the point to the players last season that it wasn't a case of our job being done when we got to 40 points," the 36-year-old Monk said.

"I tried to make sure the players wanted more because they are better players than that. Of course you have to be mindful of relegation. This is only our fifth year in the Premier League and you are always mindful of what can happen. But these players are better than that, and it's about making them understand that."

He added: "Now the challenge for us is to try to replicate that even though the circumstances are a lot harder this year because of the TV deal. Hopefully we can mature again this year."

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