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Garry Monk's Swansea in derby clash with Cardiff

New manager Garry Monk has played for Swansea in all four divisions Photo: ITV Cymru Wales

Garry Monk will lead Swansea City against local rivals Cardiff City later, just days after taking over as head coach.

It will be the first time the two clubs have met since November, when a second half goal from Steven Caulker secured a victory for Cardiff at home.

Cardiff City claimed a 1-0 win against Swansea in November Credit: PA

The Swans are on a miserable run of one win in 10 league games and lie just two points above the relegation zone.

Monk, who played for Swansea in all four divisions, knows there is no better time for the squad to pull together as Cardiff seek to make history by becoming the first side to do the league double in this fixture.

"You have seen my thoughts on the derby before. It's massive," he said.

"The circumstances make it even bigger but we are focused on the football now. We lost the first game at their place and they will want to do us at our place. These are the sorts of games you want to play in and be a part of.

Swansea won at Old Trafford in FA Cup last month but haven't won in the Premier League since 4 December Credit: PA

I can deal with whatever pressure is put on me. I know the boys well and they know me. We have to keep the city and the fans and everyone at the club together. If we do that, it's all anyone cares about.

We will put a bit of the Swansea way back into things.I will do anything for the club. It's my club. I've felt like that since I came here. I will do any job here.It doesn't come much harder than having a derby first.

I don't want to talk about or think about relegation. We are in a good position and we need to push on. That's all we've said this week. All I care about it Saturday, I can't think any differently

– Garry Monk, Swansea City head coach
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will lead his first Derby match as Cardiff Manager Credit: PA

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also be leading his Cardiff City side in a derby for the first time, after taking over from Malky Mackay last month.

Speaking to ITV Cymru Wales' In Touch programme earlier this week, he said: "We know it's going to be very tough. We know we're going to play a Swansea team who've just lost their manager, so they're going to batten down the hatches and make sure they stick together."

You don't need to motivate them. You might have to bring them down a little bit but then you don't want to take that edge away from a derby. I'm sure the lads have thought through this game already, looking forward to it already - I am, the fans are, that's probably the talking point all this week and hopefully we can talk about it next week.

– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cardiff City Manager

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