SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Swansea has ended its three seasons in the Premier League in 11th, ninth and 12th place and another mid-table finish will do just nicely for the Welsh club this campaign.
After so many years languishing in the lower leagues, just being in the Premier League is beyond the wildest dreams of many Swansea fans.
Still, the team is there on merit and, under newly appointed coach Garry Monk, will continue to play the expansive, free-flowing passing game adopted by predecessors Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup.
The 35-year-old Monk was a surprise choice to replace Laudrup in February, initially on a part-time basis and then permanently after securing the team's Premier League status in May.
"I thought it would come further down the line, but now it's my time to take this chance," said Monk, who played 220 times for Swansea in his 10-year spell at the club.
"I am under no illusions how hard it will be and that I will be judged every single day, but I am willing to do that. It doesn't faze me."
Three of Swansea's best players in recent years, left back Ben Davies, goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Spanish forward Michu, have left the Liberty Stadium in the offseason but Monk appears to have recruited well.
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