Former Saints centre half Garry Monk says he is “hopeful” of landing the permanent manager’s position at Swansea.
Swansea, who welcome Saints to the Liberty Stadium tomorrow, put their former club captain in charge after they parted company with Michael Laudrup almost three months ago.
The club described Monk's head coaching appointment as being “for the foreseeable future” and speculation has now intensified that he will secure a long-term deal after Swansea’s Premier League survival was secured by their 4-1 demolition of Aston Villa five days ago.
Monk confirmed yesterday that he has spoken with club chairman Huw Jenkins ahead of the final two league fixtures against Saints tomorrow and Sunderland in ten days' time.
“We'll see. Of course I am hopeful," said Monk, when asked if he thought he would get the job.
"It is something I really enjoy doing, I've learnt a hell of a lot in a short space of time, and once you get a taste of it you don't want to let it go.
"I trust the board and the chairman and everyone that they will make the right decision for the club.
“I have spoken to the chairman. It was a review of what I have done this season and stuff like that, and going forward. You would have that chat anyway.
“We just had a general chat, a chat on how the season had gone, the things I had gone through, what I thought about the future and what he thought.
“There is a board meeting planned before the end of the season when they will chat and discuss things and make a decision.”
Monk, who started as a player with Torquay before moving to Saints to finish his apprenticeship and turn professional in 1997, has enjoyed a lengthy career with Swansea.
It would come as a major surprise if he is not handed the reins to take things forward.