The Welsh outfit have taken the decision to relieve Monk of his duties following a poor run of form which has left the side just one point above the Premier League relegation zone.
The season began well for the Swans, picking up eight points from their first four matches, including a 2-2 draw at Chelsea as well as a 2-1 win at home to Manchester United.
However, an ensuing run of just one win in their last 11 games has seen the side plummet down the table, and last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City was the final straw.
Chairman Huw Jenkins recently admitted change was needed, and Monk’s sacking has prompted Gary Lineker to highlight the cutthroat business while Higginbotham disagrees with the decision.
Gary Monk has been sacked by Swansea, albeit 'very reluctantly'. What a business! #swansong— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) diciembre 9, 2015
Poor decision at Swansea. Fear of relegation + the financial ramifications especially this season has lead 2 a hasty decision in my opinion— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) diciembre 9, 2015
While the decision is certainly questionable, following Monk’s success at the Liberty Stadium last season, they are in grave danger of going down if results continue.
The Swans lack a real goal threat and incredibly only four players have actually found the net this season, with summer signing Andre Ayew topping the club’s charts with six goals.
In their previous five matches, Swansea have only scored twice – both coming in the 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouth – and defensively they’ve worsened as the season has progressed.
With Sunderland, Bournemouth and Newcastle United all picking up wins of late, the gap between Swansea and the bottom three has been closed to just one point.
Talk has been rife of a potential foreign manager such as Walter Mazzarri, as previously reported by the Metro, while the return of former boss Brendan Rodgers also remains a very realistic possibility.