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Michael Laudrup Leaves Swansea City; Garry Monk Takes Temporary Charge

michael laudrup Michael Laudrup Leaves Swansea City; Garry Monk Takes Temporary Charge

Swansea City have parted ways with manager Michael Laudrup, and have installed captain Garry Monk as head coach for the foreseeable future who will work alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis.

Despite defeating Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round and qualifying for the knockout stages of the Europa League where the Swans will play Napoli, Swansea sit in 12th position in the Premier League, two points off the relegation drop zone.

Matters came to a head this past weekend after Swansea lost 2-0 against West Ham United in a relegation scrap at Upton Park in a performance that was Swansea’s worst of the season. Swansea have only won one of their last 10 matches, and the tension was beginning to mount.

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins said:

“It is a decision we have taken reluctantly. But it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters.

“It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has parted with a manager in this way, but we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael’s long-term future with us.

“I had a meeting with Michael today in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the back room team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games.

“However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years.

“Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.

“I hope all our supporters can fully understand how difficult this period has been for us and I would urge everyone connected to the football club to get behind Garry Monk, the staff and players.’’

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16 Responses to Michael Laudrup Leaves Swansea City; Garry Monk Takes Temporary Charge

  1. John says:

    Feel sorry for Laudrup. Yes, they have been woeful since winning the league cup, but this was also the man who was linked with the job at Madrid last season (granted it was most likely never going to happen). Now he’s been fired. As a fan of Swansea I hope this works out, but sad to see Laudrup go.

  2. Josh says:

    So what’s your editorial take, Chris, as a fellow Jack?

  3. Gerry says:

    Wow!I did not see this coming. I knew there were issues at Swansea but frankly did not believe it would lead to the sacking of Laudrup. Maybe he lost the dressing room? Won’t know for sure until Laudrup talks about his sacking. Interesting to see what happens to the club now.

  4. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Graeme Jones is my tip. Although it would be amazing if they got Malky Mackay before Saturday

  5. ianor says:

    Didn’t see the open thread today for the facup replay between fulham and sheffield.

  6. Smokey Bacon says:

    Laudrup would be a very tempting name for one if the other clubs in trouble. Allardyce, Hughton, Lambert should all be looking over their shoulders now with this guy on the market.

    Not like Swansea to hit the panic button. This is a move that could backfire.

  7. Abdirahman says:

    Watched pltv news today and the reporter from liberty stadium said laudrup is on the verge of losing his job. Surprised and laughed. Thought it was joke. But right now its reallity. And i can’t take it they sacked the guy that led them their first major trophy in their history. There is no patience in football at this moment! Harsh very harsh.

  8. goatslookshifty says:

    I don’t think I ever saw him leave his seat this season. On the surface, his demeanor seem disinterested and since Swansea won the League Cup, they have declined. I can see why this change has been made and I’d imagine it was mutual. Laudrup will be managing next year at Newcastle when Pardew gets sacked.

  9. Daniel says:

    I’m surprised by the change. I would have never thought this possible … until their awful performance at West Ham on Saturday. The Swans have been quite lackluster the last few months.

    It seems Jenkins and the board see the Swansea glass as half empty instead of half full — and I’d argue that they’re entitled to have that perspective.

  10. trickybrkn says:

    2nd manager this year to be fired after losing to West ham.

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