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The former West Ham midfielder says it was "strange at first" to see his long-time team-mate take charge at the Liberty Stadium, but is confident he will rise to the challenge

Leon Britton admits he has struggled to get used to having Garry Monk as his boss but believes the new Swansea City head coach is a natural leader.

The two players have been team-mates for the best part of a decade, but, after the Welsh outfit parted company with Michael Laudrup earlier this month, 34-year-old centre-back Monk was handed the reins at the Liberty Stadium.

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Britton, who is just three years younger than his new head coach, admits that it is strange to be playing under Monk rather than alongside him, but the former West Ham man has no doubts that the defender is cut out for the top job at Swansea.

"It's always going to be strange at first because one minute you're team-mates and the next you're calling him gaffer," Britton told the club's official website.

"I guess it was even stranger for me because I've roomed with him on away trips.

"He's been here as a leader on the pitch for years, and now he's the leader off it so it has felt like a natural transition for him.

"He has a great understanding of the game and we've seen that with his tactical analysis already. The board and players know him well, he's well respected and I think the fans have really got behind him too."