Rodgers hails Monk's qualities

Brendan Rodgers insists he always believed Garry Monk would make the grade as a manager following their time together at Swansea.

Last Updated: 23/02/14 at 12:41 Post Comment

Brendan Rodgers: Garry Monk was destined for management

Brendan Rodgers: Garry Monk was destined for management

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Monk, who was appointed as Swansea's interim player-manager following the surprise dismissal of Michael Laudrup, takes his side to Anfield to face Liverpool on Sunday.

Rodgers made Monk club-captain during his time in charge at Swansea and says the 34-year-old's aptitude for management was clear to him from a very early stage.

"I speak a lot with the senior players whatever team I'm at and obviously at the time I was there he was a magnificent captain for me," Rodgers said.

"In a lot of our conversations, which were very open, I said to him that I thought he should start thinking about his coaching, two to three years before he finishes playing.

"He was always a bright lad, always very honest and loyal as a captain, but he was one I could see having a future in coaching and management if he wanted to go down that route.

"Of course it's probably come unexpectedly, especially being put into the Premier League, but he's looked very calm and seems to be enjoying it.

"The players have responded to him. He'll have gained respect because of his status as a player and he'll be looking to make that similar impact over time as a coach and manager.

"He's a great learner and always has been, and I think over the course of the coming games and months he'll get better."

Sunday's visit to Anfield will be Monk's fifth game in charge of Swansea, which began with victory over Welsh rivals Cardiff earlier this month.

And Rodgers, who welcomes England full-back Glen Johnson back to his squad, insists Swansea's recent performances prove that they will be no pushover for Liverpool this weekend.

"Garry's gone in there and been outstanding," he said. "I look at the four games and he's done very well. The Cardiff game is a massive game and he's come through that with flying colours.

"He changed the team a bit at Everton and they lost that one, and I thought they were the better team last night against Napoli.

"He's gone in and galvanised the group. He was a wonderful leader for me, very much in tune with what we wanted to do, and when I look at Swansea, I can see them getting back to that organisation, pressing the ball well, and having good positioning on the field.

"It will be a tough game for us."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Atleti, Arsenal and Liverpool target Vietto

Villarreal are reportedly attempting to renegotiate Luciano Vietto's contract to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Sepp Blatter plans US trip for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Sepp Blatter is planning to visit the United States to attend next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Mail Box

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

Francis Is Coq Of The North (London)

There is more praise for Mesut Ozil, but it's Francis Coquelin who gets the big love in the Mails. Plus Lazio, Wilshere swears (who cares?) and an over-capped England...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company