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Sport Swansea City legend pinpoints Garry Monk's methods as start of club's fall

19:05  25 november  2020
19:05  25 november  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Angel Rangel will always have a place in the heart of Swansea City fans.

The right-back arrived with the club in League One and helped them back up the leagues, serving the Swans with distinction at every level he played at.

Signed for a mere £10,000 - part of the fee he paid himself - Rangel is better placed than most to comment on what has happened to what he describes as "my" club over the past few years.

Swansea enjoyed a fantastic rise up the divisions under Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers, the latter sealing promotion to the Premier League in 2011.

They were given a baptism of fire when they arrived, though, hit 4-0 by Manchester City on the opening day of the season. It is here that Rangel picks up the story.

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Garry Monk ' s last interview as Swansea City manager, following Saturday' s 3-0 home defeat by Leicester, before his departure as boss on Wednesday. Swansea City have parted company with boss Garry Monk , who had been with the club as player and manager for over 11 years.

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“You always have doubts because you’ve seen the top players wrecking defenders, but there was something about us," he told Planet Football about Swansea's famed style.

"I think it was the stability of the club at the time, with a manager that was enjoying working with his players. He had so much faith in us.

“We were so close with each other – British and foreign players all together. We were going into games knowing that no matter who we played against we were going to try to dominate with the ball.

“You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to lose some. But that’s exactly what we did that first season with Brendan.”

Following his success, Rodgers left at the end of the first season for Liverpool and was replaced by footballing royalty in Michael Laudrup.

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The Dane picked up the baton and led Swansea to the Capital One Cup final, thrashing Bradford 5-0 in the final. That set up a campaign in Europe which would see them smash Valencia 3-0 on their own turf, a night Rangel describes as "most special".


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However, things went stale under Laudrup and he was replaced by fans' favourite Garry Monk in the Liberty dugout. In his first full season in charge, Monk guided Swansea to their highest-ever Premier League finish. But things were changing in SA1 under Monk, and not entirely for the better.

Rangel points to Monk's differing philosophy as the start of Swansea's struggles.

“Instead of going for a manager who had some experience and could carry on the Swansea way, we went for someone who had been captain of the club, Garry Monk," Rangel explained.

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Garry Monk has been named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month for August after guiding Swansea City to a perfect start to the campaign. Monk , confirmed as Swans boss last May following an interim period in charge, led his team to three straight victories in the league throughout the month.

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"He was a fantastic team-mate and a great captain, no complaints there.

“He took the job and kept us up. His first full season in charge he did a fantastic job, but we weren’t playing the same way. He didn’t want to play the Swansea way that he had played for so long himself and succeeded with two promotions.

“He decided to go for something more strategic in terms of formations. Being hard to beat, giving the ball more to the opposition and playing more counter-attacking football.

“It did work, but, in my opinion, that’s a way of playing where you will succeed in a short space of time, but you will become a surviving team in the Premier League. You need to have a clear identity, like we had before, to be able to establish yourself.”

The club changed ownership in the summer of 2016, something which also affected the trajectory of the Swans, believes Rangel.

Americans Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien signed on in SA1 but success did not follow them, and Swansea were eventually relegated in 2018 after struggling to keep their head above water.

“It always seemed like a desperation move, a desperation decision, to try to get back on track," Rangel said.

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"Huw Jenkins and the board sold the club to American investors and it seemed like, again, the club lost a bit of its nature as a family club. That was going away a bit.

“You could see that the club was a bit more cold. They were getting rid of people who had been at the club for 20, 30 years. You could see things were changing. It became a business.

“Of course, football is a business, but you need to know the history and the nature of the club and the city, and what they’ve done in the last 20, 30 years. I don’t think that was the case.”

Rangel, who was entering the final year of his contract at that stage, was used sparingly that season by Paul Clement and Carlos Carvalhal and he found it extremely difficult to look on while the club toiled.

He made just a handful of appearances and left the club following relegation, and then signed a contract with QPR. Swansea, however, will remain in his heart for ever. “Swansea will always be my club, and I love the club one million per cent,” he said. “I like to believe that it’s the same for them towards me.

“The journey we had, and the memories and everything we experienced together, will never go away. I still keep in touch with so many people at the club.”

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