Laudrup out as manager of SwanseaSwansea City has sacked its Danish manager, Michael Laudrup, with the Welsh club having dropped into a Premier League relegation battle after a dramatic slump in form that has left them two points above the drop zone.
Laudrup, who said that winning the League Cup last season ranked among his proudest moments because Swansea is such a small club compared to the European giants like Real Madrid and Juventus he once played for, now finds himself out of a job.
“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 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,” he said on the club website.
Swansea’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday was its sixth in eight league games, a run which has left the 12th-place team battling to avoid the drop as they prepare to host fellow strugglers and local rivals Cardiff City on Saturday.
Swansea said club captain Garry Monk, who came on as a substitute in the League Cup triumph against Bradford City at Wembley, will take over as head coach alongside first team coach Alan Curtis for the foreseeable future.
The 49-year-old Laudrup’s departure will come as a surprise to many pundits, with the promising coach having continued the precise passing game championed by Roberto Martinez and then Brendan Rodgers, whom Laudrup replaced as manager in June 2012.