Michael Laudrup has been sacked by Swansea City.
What a difference a year makes. Almost 12 months since winning the League Cup Final at Wembley, Michael Laudrup has been sacked as Swansea City manager.
"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 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.’’
While unthinkable back in the summer, there had been rumours of behind the scenes unrest for over a month, and the decision does not have entirely out of the blue.
It has however met much criticism immediately, with SkySports pundit Gary Neville outspoken in his assessment of the choice, speaking via his Twitter account:
“@SkySportsNews: Swansea sack manager Michael Laudrup --- Football is becoming a shambles on this front!! Introduce a window once a year now— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 4, 2014
Sacking managers a major issue in development of young players! Why would / should a manager getting 13 months ave look at the Academy!!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 4, 2014
PL clubs have money so even if a manager believes in youth he will spend the money to buy himself time!Then get sacked for wasting money!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 4, 2014