Date: 19th June 2015 at 8:23pm
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Swansea City manager Garry Monk is believed to be close to committing his long-term future to the club – with a new and improved 3-year contract expected to be signed.

The Daily Mail are reporting that an agreement has ‘largely been reached’ as the Swans are keen to secure their manager after such a superb debut full season in charge at the Liberty Stadium.

A new deal would only mean a one-year extension but it would include ‘enhanced terms’ and a ‘significant buyout clause’ to ensure that any clubs will have to pay a large sum to prize him away from the Liberty Stadium.

The Daily Mail also reported that the announcement of the new contract could come as soon as early next week – this comes about a month after chairman Huw Jenkins say he was ‘confident’ that Monk would put pen to paper on a new deal this Summer.

‘First and foremost it’s about reward to show Garry what we think of him, and he’s there leading us to make sure we remain in the Premier League year on year,’

‘I think we’ll find a solution very quickly, we’ve got a good relationship with Garry and we’ll find some way of working things out that he is rewarded in the right way.

‘While we like protection, I think the ultimate thing with us is whoever the manager is has to want to stay and work with our football club.

‘If they don’t they’ll move on… whether it’s the manager or players, once I see they don’t want to be at our football club they won’t be here long.

Huw Jenkins also hailed the current manager as their best in their history, and that takes some doing after the success that Michael Laudrup, Brendan Rodgers, Roberto Martinez and John Toshack achieved. But after only one full season in charge, Jenkins said:

‘He has to be [the best], he’s finished with the top number of points and finished eighth in the Premier League,’

‘You can’t argue this year, I can’t say anything different.

‘Garry has grown and developed as a person, as a manager and learnt a lot in this period, and I feel he’s finished the season in a real strong, positive way himself.’

It has to be said though, Monk has made some impact in such a short space of time. Taking to the job like a duck to water, and needing little time to adjust to a brand new experience.

Their best and most successful Premier League season, and showing the ability to implement versatile and different ways of playing that have allowed them to complete memorable League doubles over both Arsenal and Manchester United in a single season. Something only two other clubs have ever managed.

It’s a must and top priority now for Swansea City to secure one of their biggest assets, as yet again the board of directors have made another top managerial appointment to ensure they continuously build and improve.

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