Swansea - Swansea City have sacked their Danish manager Michael Laudrup with
the team two points above the English Premiership relegation zone, the Welsh
club said in a statement on Tuesday.
"It is a decision we have
taken reluctantly," said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins. "But it's a
decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and
"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
Swansea's 2-0 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday was
their sixth in eight league games, a run which has left them battling
to avoid the drop as they prepare to host fellow strugglers and local
rivals Cardiff City on Saturday.
Swansea said their former player
Garry Monk, who came on as a substitute in their League Cup final
triumph at Wembley under Laudrup last season, will take over as head
coach alongside first team coach Alan Curtis for the foreseeable future.
had a meeting with Michael today (Tuesday) in a final attempt to
support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom 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."
Swansea's small squad
has been hampered by playing in the Europa League this term with
injuries to key players, including Michu, Jonathan de Guzman, Jose
Canas, Pablo Hernandez, Nathan Dyer and goalkeeper Michel Vorm having
taken their toll.
Since beating Newcastle United in early December
Swansea had a tough run of games including fixtures with Everton,
Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, who
are all battling for honours in the top half of the table.