Swansea City skipper Garry Monk has expressed his disappointment in losing manager Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool.
Rodgers’ deal to become Kenny Dalglish’s replacement at Anfield is set to be finalised today, with a press conference expected at Melwood and Anfield on Friday.
39-year-old Rodgers signed for the Swans in 2010 and has guided them to promotion to the Premier League, surviving their first season in the top-flight with impressive, entertaining football.
Swans captain Monk told the club’s official website, “I’m gutted. He’s a top, top manager and we are very disappointed to lose him.
“He’s honest, treats us like adults and knows his football. His philosophy, views and training are inventive.
“We never do the same session more than twice and that makes it exciting.
“I think every manager is different, but I think he’s got the ingredients to be a top, top manager.
“As much as we are gutted to lose him he’s earned the right to work for a club like Liverpool. He deserves this chance.
“There will be many names linked with the job but it’s important for the board to pick the right man.
“We’re a close knit club. Everyone sticks together so we’ll have to do that again.”
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins also spoke of his disappointment in losing Rodgers to the Reds, but says he holds no grudges on Rodgers wanting to move on his career.
“Although we are disappointed to lose such a talented, young British manager, we didn’t wish to stand in his way,” he said.
“As always at Swansea City, we want people working here who are fully committed to the task ahead.
“We wish Brendan every success in the future.
“We will always remain good friends and we thank him for all his hard work and passion at this football club over the past two years.
“We shall now refocus and quickly start the process of finding his replacement to continue the great work Brendan has carried out at this football club.”