Leon: Natural transition for Monk

19th February

Leon Britton has labelled Garry Monk's step up from player to head coach as a "natural transition."
Monk has been in charge for three games following Michael Laudrup's exit, with the former Swans skipper leading the club to a 3-0 derby win over Cardiff, a 1-1 draw at Stoke along with an FA Cup defeat at Everton - managed by another Swans captain in Roberto Martinez.
But Britton, who used to share rooms on away trips with Monk, believes the new head coach has proved the right fit for the Swans.
"It's always going to be strange at first because one minute you're team-mates and the next you're calling him gaffer. I guess it was even stranger for me because I've roomed with him on away trips," said Britton, who is hoping to feature in Thursday night's Europa League tie with Napoli at the Liberty.
"He's been here as a leader on the pitch for years, and now he's the leader off it so it has felt like a natural transition for him.
"He has a great understanding of the game and we've seen that with his tactical analysis already.
"The board and players know him well, he's well respected and I think the fans have really got behind him too."