Monk Is ?Breath Of Fresh Air? For Premier League, Claims Newcastle Boss McClaren

McClaren thinks Monk?s appointment has been good for the Premier League.

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Swansea City boss Garry Monk has been a ?breath of fresh air? for the Barclays Premier League, believes Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren.

The 36-year-old took over as Swans manager in February 2014 after being promoted from the club?s playing staff, succeeding Michael Laudrup, and he led the Welsh side to an eighth-place finish during his first full season in charge last time out, something McClaren described as ?very, very impressive?.

McClaren was effusive in his praise of his Premier League counterpart ? as well as for Swansea?s chairman and the club itself for putting faith in their young boss.

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The Magpies travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea on Saturday (3pm kick-off), with both sides fresh from respective 2-2 draws against Southampton and champions Chelsea.

And, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, McClaren said of Monk (NUFCTV, paywall):

?(He?s a) breath of fresh air really.

?As I say, I don?t know old he is but he certainly looks a lot younger than I do.

?He?s certainly adapted well and that must be not just credit to him but his backroom staff, the chairman, the club as a whole.

?I think it?s one of them that has continued its rise and gone all the way through the leagues, consolidated, got into Europe and won at Wembley, won a cup, and that?s huge credit to the chairman and to the managers who?ve come in and adapted.

?Garry Monk, a one so young, who?s come in and got them playing. I know how difficult managing in the Premier League is and for him to do that at such a young age is very, very impressive.?

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