Swansea City skipper Garry Monk rejects claims of player unrest at club
SWANSEA City club captain Garry Monk has dismissed reports of unrest among the squad and is adamant they are behind manager Michael Laudrup.
Players were reported to have held secret meetings with Swans chairman Huw Jenkins to air concerns about changes Laudrup has made to tactics and training since replacing Brendan Rodgers.
But Monk has rejected those suggestions and insists speculation concerning supposed discontent in the team will only make Swansea stronger.
"There are always rumours flying around every football club, but I can assure you that there is no problem here and everyone is pulling in the same direction," he said.
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"It was quite funny reading an article in the paper yesterday morning saying that the senior players were ready to revolt against the manager. Well I say funny, in fact it made most of the boys angry.
"The article (in a London newspaper) came as a surprise to us all because we are a close-knit club — always have been and always will be — whatever people say or write.
"If there is a problem then everyone knows that the door to the manager's office is always open and you are listened to and treated the same whether you are a senior player or a young pro — and that's the way it should be.
"If people want to try and unsettle us, then fine, because I can guarantee it will only make us stronger."
Swansea chairman Jenkins echoed Monk's sentiment, saying: "Yesterday's article trying to cause unrest at the club will only help to strengthen our resolve going forward.
"Michael Laudrup and his staff have the full support of everyone connected to Swansea City and will continue to do so during the long season ahead."
Swansea have not won since their second game of the season against West Ham but, with the club sitting comfortably in 11th place in the Premier League, Laudrup admits he was shocked by reports of disquiet among his players.
"I am a little surprised by today's story," he said. "I've said from the very first day I arrived here that my door is always open.
"There will always be some players disappointed if they are not playing, but that's the same at any football club. Perhaps yesterday's story is a result of that.
"But we will never let these types of stories unsettle us and will continue to push this club forward."