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Forget Mourinho, Pellegrini, Van Gaal and Wenger, this man is the Premier League’s top boss

first_imgThis column appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukAt the start of the last Premier League season, when we did our arbitrary and largely uninformed predictions as to where each team would finish, we had Swansea going down under their newly appointed permanent boss Garry Monk.We couldn’t have been more wrong. Monk, then still only 35, started his full-time gig with a win at Old Trafford – and went on to mastermind league doubles over both Manchester United and Arsenal as Swansea recorded a best ever Premier League finish of eighth. All that despite losing their prize asset, Wilfried Bony, to Manchester City in January.Fast-forward 12 months, and we this time gave Monk and his squad a little more credit: go on then lads, we’ll give you as high as 11th. You deserve it. Four games into the new season, having had to open with a trip to the champions and welcome United to the Liberty Stadium, Swansea are unbeaten and sit fourth in the table.They should have won at Chelsea, they were furious with themselves for not winning away at Sunderland, and they totally p****d on Louis van Gaal’s 50th-game bonfire on Sunday afternoon. Trick repeated.Bafetimbi Gomis and new boy Andre Ayew – both signed on frees, by the way – are the division’s most dangerous front pairing; Jonjo Shelvey is finally maturing into the midfield playmaker he could never have been at Liverpool; while Ashley Williams has grown into one of the country’s most reliable and influential captains.And all under the quiet, watchful, intelligent, nurturing eye of Monk. Van Gaal can talk about philosophies and sell every front player at United all he wants. Jose Mourinho can pout and gesture and rant and sulk. Arsene Wenger can do his thing and get Arsenal into yet another Champions League, while Manuel Pellegrini can spend and spend and spend and spend City’s way to another title.But right now, for me, the best manager in the Premier League is, wait for it, an Englishman – and that Englishman is Garry Monk. Who knew? Garry Monk 1last_img read more