Swansea City's Garry Monk named manager of the month
12th September 2014
Garry Monk has been named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month for August after guiding Swansea City to a perfect start to the campaign.
Monk, confirmed as Swans boss last May following an interim period in charge, led his team to three straight victories in the league throughout the month.
A stunning 2-1 win over Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United - a first league win at Old Trafford for the Swans - on the opening day was followed up with a 1-0 victory against Burnley at the Liberty.
And the superb start to the season continued after Monk's side saw off West Brom 3-0 on home soil, which meant the Swans are the only side - along with Saturday's opponents Chelsea - to boast a 100 per cent record.
Monk was handed the award ahead of fellow candidates Jose Mourinho, Mark Hughes and Paul Lambert.
And upon receiving the award he was quick to share the accolade with his colleagues.
"It's an honour and privilege, but it's very much a collective - it's not about individuals. For me, it's about the players, myself, the staff around me day-to-day and the staff in the office working hard. This is who I dedicate the award to," said Monk.
"We have made a great start, but that's all it is - a start. There will be ups and downs but we will make sure that we maintain our standards and that should see us achieve a good season."
He added: "All three games have had everything in terms of performance, which is very pleasing, but we have to continue improving.
"Against Manchester United it was a very good team performance while we had to show a different side to our game against Burnley where we had to really dig in and show our defensive qualities during the second half.
"The West Brom game saw us show our quality by getting on the front foot and using our possession. We created many chances and scored some very good few goals.
"But we still have to improve and there is a lot of work to do. The main thing is that the players are willing to do just that."