The former Manchester City and Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has praised Swansea City boss Garry Monk for the remarkable job he’s done this year – and he believes the 36-year-old is the closest to challenge the Chelsea manager to the Premier League Manager of the Year award this season.
Out of the six contenders up for the accolade, Pearce believes Mourinho is the standout winner, but feels as though Monk has pushed the Blues boss all the way. Speaking to talkSPORT ahead of Chelsea’s game at the Hawthorns last night, the ex-England Under-21s coach said:
“I’m a great lover of people who win things and Mourinho has won the league by a large amount of points. Eight points is a big gap and they still have a game in hand; they’ve done fantastically well. He’s also won the League Cup as well, he’s won two trophies this season and that, for me, makes him manager of the year.”
“Closely behind him, I think Garry Monk has had a fantastic season at Swansea. He’s new to management but he’s done brilliantly.
“I was unsure about how they would fare this season to be honest but, and baring in mind they sold their top scorer and record signing Wilfried Bony in January, Swansea have done really well.”
Pearce is not the only one to praise the Swansea manager this season, and many believe that if Monk wasn’t up against Jose Mourinho, he would have been a worthy winner of the award.
It’s difficult to put into words just how good a job Monk has done at the Liberty Stadium since taking over from Michael Laudrup in February last year – even Monk himself couldn’t have envisioned how successful he would have been.
But Monk, who was disappointed but remained positive following Swansea’s 4-2 defeat to Man City in their last home game of the season on Sunday, deserves all the praise he gets, and the Swansea City fans would undoubtedly love to see him in the managerial hot seat for many years to come.