Monk reveals Olympic concern
Swansea captain Garry Monk fears their preparations for the new season will be disruptive by this summer's London Olympics.
Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor have all been included in Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad and while Monk is delighted for the trio on a personal level, the defender does have some reservations from a club point of view. The timing couldn't have been any worse particularly with the change of management during the close season with Michael Laudrup taking over from Brendan Rodgers after his move to Liverpool, and Monk is keeping his fingers crossed that it doesn't impact upon their start to the new campaign. He said: "I'm proud of the boys that are in there and I think it shows how far we've come as a club that we're the most-represented club out of all of the people in there. "It (The Olympics) doesn't come around very often and I know there's talk there might not even be another British football team in four years' time as well. "So it's not exactly something that comes around very often so I think they should all be very proud of themselves and go and enjoy it. "It's a great experience for them. "But I can see the other side of it where in terms of pre-season planning for the manager and preparations it's not ideal." Team GB will play two friendlies against Mexico and Brazil before even kicking off the tournament on July 26th, with their Olympic involvement scheduled to start against Senegal at Old Trafford, followed by group matches against United Arab Emirates and Uruguay. If Pearce's men were to go all the way to the final, they would conclude their participation at Wembley on August 11, just seven days before Swans' opening Premier League game at QPR.