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Van Gaal to talk with Giggs about Swansea rumours

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he will speak to his assistant Ryan Giggs about reports linking him to Swansea's managerial vacancy.

Former Wales captain Giggs has been linked to a return to his homeland following Garry Monk's departure from the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.

Giggs is linked with the vacancy at Swansea. Credit: PA

"First I have to speak to Ryan Giggs by himself if it's true," Van Gaal said at his press conference before United's Barclays Premier League trip to Bournemouth.

"And [in that case], he's coming to me. I never read papers and I think that it's the truth. I'm sorry.

"I cannot speak about 'if'. The 'if' situations."

Giggs was linked with Swansea as club chairman Huw Jenkins continued his search for a successor to Monk, who paid the price for a dismal run of form in the past three months.

And Harry Redknapp, the former West Ham, Portsmouth and Tottenham manager, wrote on his Twitter account: "Hearing talk of Giggsy for the Swansea job.

"It'd be a big step up, not easy to manage a Prem club. Garry Monk will have learnt an awful lot."

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Monk nears Swansea exit as chairman calls for change

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has dropped a strong hint that manager Garry Monk is on his way out of the struggling Barclays Premier League club after declaring that "something needs to change".

Monk took training as usual with the team on Tuesday but Jenkins - in London to collect his OBE for services to sport in Wales - indicated an announcement on his future could be imminent.

Garry Monk looks set for the exit door at Swansea. Credit: PA

Jenkins said: "We all feel at the club that something needs to change to get things back on a positive note as quickly as possible and get us back to the levels of performances we have got to have to win games at the Premier League level."

The chairman refused to confirm whether Monk would be sacked, but asked if an announcement would be made on Tuesday, replied: "Not today, because I am up here [in London]."

Jenkins added: "The difference between the end of August and how we find ourselves today is something we haven't experienced at Swansea before, such a big change around from where we were after beating Man United in the last game in August.

"I think it just again highlights if things are not dealt with and addressed early enough the Premier League is very unforgiving, and unless every angle and everybody's focus is 100% week in, week out, things can change very quickly."

Klopp needs time to turn Liverpool into title contenders says Monk

Jurgen Klopp needs time to turn Liverpool into genuine title contenders, says Swansea manager Garry Monk.

Liverpool manager Klopp has raised expectations during his short time on Merseyside with only one defeat in nine games and impressive Barclays Premier League wins at Chelsea and Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. Credit: PA

"They will need time to get to the point of being title contenders - whether it be this season or in coming seasons," Monk said ahead of Swansea's league visit to Liverpool on Sunday.

"Whenever Liverpool appoint a manager, the expectation is for them to be title challengers.

"That is the way the club perceives itself. Whether that is this season or next season, that remains to be seen.

"Liverpool have not been genuine title contenders for a while, but the expectation will always be there because of the type of club it is."

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