Garry Monk to Aston Villa? It is believed he would welcome an approach

first_img Garry Monk is looking to return to management after time out of the game 1 Former Swansea boss Garry Monk is interested in the Aston Villa job, it is understood.The 37-year-old is looking to get back into management after leaving Swansea in December, and would not be fazed by the prospect of replacing Remi Garde despite the Midlands club’s likely relegation from the Premier League.It is believed Monk would relish the chance to help Villa rebuild, having spent 11 years at Swansea and aided their long-term development after joining as a player when they were in League Two.Villa are weighing up their next move as they search for their fourth manager in 13 months, with Eric Black in charge for Saturday’s visit of Chelsea.Former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson and ex-Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes are also in the frame.Villa are 12 points from safety with just seven games left and appear destined to drop out of the top flight for the first time since 1987.New board member David Bernstein, advisor Brian Little and ex-Football Association executive Adrian Bevington – who was appointed to help with the club’s review this week – are reportedly in charge of finding a new boss, with Villa understood to be looking at someone with Championship experience.Monk has not yet managed in the Championship but knows the league having captained the Swans to promotion via the play-offs in 2011 after joining when they were in the fourth tier in 2004. He also won the 2013 League Cup when they beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley.He made 270 appearances for the Welsh club, scoring seven goals, before becoming caretaker manager in February 2014, replacing Michael Laudrup.He was appointed on a full-time basis in May 2014 and took the Swans to their highest-ever position a year later when they finished eighth in the Premier League.Monk left the Liberty Stadium in December after 77 games, with the club 15th, following a run of one win in 11 matches.last_img read more

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first_imgGreen Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) can’t make the catch as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made headlines earlier this week when he claimed all the pressure is on the Arizona Cardinals when the two teams meet in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Saturday night in Glendale.Maybe he believes it, maybe it’s a good player on an inferior team looking for some sort of psychological edge.The Cardinals smacked the Packers 38-8 in Week 16, and according to ESPN NFL insider John Clayton, the tape of that game doesn’t lie. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Clayton’s point is a valid one, and one that has affected the Packers all season. Green Bay averaged just 10.99 yards per completion which ranked 28th in the NFL. With a healthy Jordy Nelson, the Packers ranked second in the same category a year ago, averaging 12.74 yards per completion.Clayton believes this will be too much for Rodgers and Green Bay to overcome.“It’s not going to be the same blowout, but I can’t see this changing,” he said.Saturday’s game kicks off at 6:15 p.m. and can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Extended pregame coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider “This is kind of a discount reality double-check and (Rodgers) needs to look at the film of the last game,” Clayton told Doug and Wolf Friday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Every time I saw a Packers receiver, I saw some cornerback from the Arizona Cardinals on his hip.“That’s because the Packers can’t run and the Cardinals can cover. What’s changed? What’s changed is that Davante Adams is now out and you have one less guy to get into the route. I don’t see much different.”Adams, a second-year wide receiver who had been making strides in recent weeks, injured his knee in the Packers’ 35-18 Wild Card win over the Washington Redskins and won’t play Saturday. Adams was Green Bay’s third-leading receiver this season with 50 catches for 483 yards and a touchdown.“You saw how slow those receivers are — the lack of separation. The only thing that Aaron Rodgers could do except for picking himself up after being sacked eight times, was maybe throw a back-shoulder throw to James Jones or to maybe try a little bit of a crossing route,” Clayton said.“The downfield routes are covered and I can’t imagine with a week where the Cardinals defenders have been able to rest, that they’re going to be able to slow down.”last_img read more