Garry Monk: 'No Ronald Koeman grudge'

Swansea City's English manager Garry Monk gestures during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on August 16, 2014
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Swansea coach Garry Monk says that there is no feud between him and Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, six months after claiming that the Dutchman was "disrespectful".

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has revealed that he harbours no animosity toward Southampton boss Ronald Koeman ahead of today's Premier League meeting.

Monk was named as Michael Laudrup's short-term successor at the Liberty Stadium and slammed the Dutchman as "disrespectful" last March after he expressed an interest in the job.

However, the 35-year-old - now the Swans' permanent manager - says that those claims were fabricated by the agent of Koeman, who has since joined the Saints.

"It did not mean anything to me, it was his agent making all the claims. You just get on with it," he told Sky Sports News. "People choose different ways to do things.

"I met [Koeman] at the managers' meeting before the season and said a quick 'hello' and that was it.

"It is another opponent, we respect him but we will concentrate on Swansea and getting a result."

This afternoon's encounter in South Wales gets underway at 3pm.

Swansea manager Garry Monk prior to kick-off against Chelsea in the Premier League match on April 13, 2014
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