Swansea took the decision to remove Michael Laudrup from his job as manager last night.
Swansea City took the decision to sack Michael Laudrup last night, with Garry Monk coming in and taking control of the team.
The Welsh side currently sit 12th and the decision is an indication that Huw Jenkins now expects the club to be regularly competing in the top ten for European football regularly.
“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,” Jenkins told the club website.
It’s a surprise because Laudrup guided Swansea to the League Cup last season and enjoys a good reputation as a coach across the world of top flight European football, especially back in Spain.
Swansea haven’t been able to adhere to the standards they set themselves last season; 12 defeats and more goals conceded than West Ham United and Crystal Palace, both in the relegation dogfight.
Jenkins has also cited the uncertainty surrounding Laudrup’s long term future as another reason he’s being moved on, with the threat that a bigger side could always come along and poach Laudrup always hanging over the club.
Each and every time a top managerial position has become available, whether it’s in England or another European country, Laudrup is one of the names who always seems to be linked with that vacant position.
“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,” added Jenkins.
It will be interesting to see whether Monk can grab the side by the scruff of the neck, dust them down and power them into the top ten or whether Jenkins goes for another option with the end of the season closing in.
Here’s what fans made of the news on Twitter.
All these pathetic comments about #laudrup are coming from non swans fans who know nothing about our club. Right decision. Onwards n upwards— Justin Sandler PGA (@jsandler75) February 4, 2014
Whatever side of the fence you sit concerning the sacking of #Laudrup, Swansea are a well run football club. I'm sure they'll be okay.— Michael Starr (@michaelstarr) February 4, 2014
A manager's reign in transfers: started by signing Michu, finished off signing David Ngog #laudrup— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) February 4, 2014
Why have Swansea sacked #Laudrup though ?! What did they expect ?! Strange— THT (@THT1878) February 4, 2014
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