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Swansea manager Garry Monk says a combination of old-school British values plus European style and modern science have informed his managerial successes.

The Swans managed to go undefeated in their first four Premier League encounters before slumping to a 1-0 defeat against Watford, but Monk is hoping that his blend of different approaches will help the Welsh club better last season's eighth-placed finish.

"The British mentality is never lying down; having the work ethic, commitment and desire" he told talkSPORT. "And I have those values because my family instilled them in me.

"I have played that way, but I have also played the European way under Roberto [Martinez] and the other foreign managers we've had.

"I have old-school values, but I also try to do things in a very modern way in terms of the sports science, the stats and the analysis. I think you have to have that blend."

Monk also says the team has a heightened sense of fellowship from their location in Wales, which makes them outsiders to the rest of the Premier League.

"We are a bit out of the way, but if you come to Swansea and live here, you can't help but buy into what the club are about," he added. "That rubs off on you, it really does.

"When you go out on the pitch, you are not just playing for yourself, you're playing for the community and the city itself. That sounds cheesy, but it really is the truth and I think new players get a sense of that as soon as they walk through the door."