Garry Monk focusing on Swansea City positives

Garry Monk believes that last season was not as big a disaster for Swansea City as many might think.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has claimed that last season was not as big a disaster for the club as many think.

Monk was placed in temporary charge of the Swans in February before guiding the team to a 12th-place finish in the Premier League table.

Despite the threat of relegation last term, Monk believes that the campaign should be considered a relative success.

"Football's a strange thing. You go back a few months and you would say last season was a poor season judging by the standards we've set," he told the South Wales Evening Post.

"Then you see we finished up only five points behind our best-ever total in the Premier League and four points behind last year (2012-13), both of which were classed as really good seasons.

"When you consider we had the Europa League and the change of manager and everything on top of that, it's hard not to consider it a decent season."

Monk was appointed Swansea's permanent manager on a three-year deal at the start of the month.

Jonathan de Guzman of Swansea City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium on March 2, 2014
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