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Monk steps away from playing to focus on Swansea management

Garry Monk insists he will not attempt to play while he has the managerial reins at Swansea City.

The 34-year old defender has stepped into the vacant manager's role for the 'foreseeable future' following Tuesday's sacking of Michael Laudrup.

Ten-year Swans veteran Monk believes it is too difficult to try and coach as well as play so has confirmed that he will be putting all of his energies into the management side of things as he strives to push the Welsh club clear of the drop zone.

"I'm not a player-manager," he said. "You can't prepare a team properly if you are in it.

"It would be nice if I have played my last game because that will mean I have done well as a manager."

Monk, who has captained the club in all four divisions, added: "It's hard to put this into words but it's not about me.

"I will do my best for this club, whatever I do, even if it's cleaning the toilets.

"I want to implement a way of working that is mine. I need to get the players to focus on football again. Inside the environment it has to be about the football.

"The players have been brilliant.

"I could not have asked for more. I have talked to every one of them and we are all on the same page. We've lost managers before and we know how to deal with it."

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