Monk: Tate is "Swansea through and through"

10th August 2017
Club

Garry Monk described Alan Tate as “Swansea through and through” after returning for his former team-mate’s testimonial.

Tate was rewarded for his service to the Swans, which totalled 13 years as a player, with a testimonial against his former club Manchester United at the Liberty.

A great turn out of around 8,000 from the Jack Army saw the United Legends XI run out 4-2 victors.

But the focus of the night was all on Tate, with the Liberty paying tribute to a player who was a key figure in the Swans’ rise from the fourth tier to the Premier League.

“It was good to support Alan. He has been a really good servant to this club,” said Monk, who was regularly partnered by Tate in the heart of defence. “We’ve been in a few trenches together and can share a few stories!

“He has got the club at heart and is Swansea through and through. He really deserved the support he got and the turn out on the night.

“I’m sure he is going to be here for many years. At the moment he is putting his bit back into the club by coaching the younger kids.”

Monk was back on familiar soil on Wednesday night, having spent over decade as a player and manager with the Swans.

The 38-year-old is now in charge of Middlesbrough, with Monk looking to lead the club immediately back to the Premier League.

Despite being based in the North East, Monk still keeps a keen eye on happenings in South West Wales. And he’s expecting his former club to continue progressing under Paul Clement as the Swans enter a seventh Premier League campaign.

“I always want the club to do well and the fans to be where they want to be,” added Monk.

“It’s a great club and hopefully the players can have an easier season than the last couple.

“I’m sure they will because they are good players with a good manager and coaching staff.”