Monk keen on England manager role
“He is a great guy,” said Monk, who was joined by Mourinho at the Barclays Premier League launch at Southfields Academy in west London earlier this week. “I haven’t had lots and lots of dealings with him but the times we have met and spoken he has been very humble, and very supportive towards me. “That is important and you have to look at him as the benchmark for this league and his career in terms of what he delivers year in, year out.” Press Association Monk has impressed in his role at the Liberty Stadium after he succeeded Michael Laudrup in February of last year. The 36-year-old guided Swansea to a record 56 points and an eighth-placed finish last season and was rewarded with a three-year deal at the start of the summer. Swansea boss Garry Monk has set his sights on managing England, describing it as the “ultimate job”. The ease in which he has moved into management after 10 years as a player for Swansea has seen him emerge as one of the country’s most promising coaches. But while Monk insisted taking charge of England is his ultimate goal, his focus, for the foreseeable future at least, remains on managing Swansea. “I have always been patriotic, a massive supporter of England and grew up watching all of it,” said Monk. “To manage or play for your country, whichever way round it is, has to be the ultimate job doesn’t it? “Representing your country would be an honour for anyone, and you see the players and managers who have done it over the years and the regard they are held in, so of course it is. “But right now it is about concentrating on club football and trying to do well.” Monk’s side travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday for their opening fixture of the Barclays Premier League season, and Monk can count Jose Mourinho among his growing list of admirers. Earlier this week, the Chelsea boss described Monk as a “very good manager” and hailed the “magnificent” job he has done at Swansea.