- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) - Garry Monk was handed the Swansea manager’s job Wednesday on a permanent basis after keeping the south Wales club in the Premier League.

The 35-year-old Monk signed a three-year contract, three months after stepping up from the playing squad to replace the fired Michael Laudrup.

“I have had a taste of the job for the last three months and it’s something I’ve really enjoyed,” Monk said. “Now I’m really looking forward to the next phase in my life and the club’s progression.”

Monk has been at Swansea for a decade, playing a key role in defense and as captain as the team climbed from the fourth tier to the Premier League, and then won its first major piece of silverware - the 2013 League Cup.

Garry represents all the strong values we hold so dearly as a football club,” Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said. “We have all been impressed with his work-rate and commitment since taking over the reins in February and how he adapted in very difficult circumstances to secure the points we needed to remain in the topflight.”

Swansea heads into the final match of the campaign against Sunderland on Sunday in 13th place, and preparing for a fourth season in the Premier League.

“We all agreed that we needed to get back to basics and reinforce the principles that have brought us success in recent years,” Jenkins said.

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