Michael Laudrup Dismissed From Swansea City

IMAGE, MICHAELLAUDRUP.COM

BY MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

What a difference a year makes.

Last season, the Swans were a team on the ascend, qualifying for the Europa League after the club’s first major trophy – the Capital One Cup. Not only were the Swans deemed for bigger things, so was Laudrup, who was being touted as one of the better young managers in the game.

However, in his second season at the helm of the South Wales based club, the Swans’ form hasn’t lived up to the expectations of a year ago, leading to the 49-year old Dane’s dismissal. Swansea find themselves currently two points off of the relegation zone.

On the decision, Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins told the club’s official site, “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.“

Laudrup’s temporary successor comes in the form of Garry Monk, who is currently a player on the Swans roster and has no experience in a managerial capacity. Monk has been at the club for the last 10 years, representing the Swans in all four divisions of the English Leagues since his arrival at the Liberty Stadium in 2004.

“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,” said Jenkins. “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.”

Laudrup leaves the club with the Swans still in the knockout stages, but the Swans struggles in the Premier League contributed to his sacking with only eight wins out of the 35 league games since the victory over Bradford in the League Cup.

Monk will be thrown right into the fire with his first test as manager coming up against rivals Cardiff City this Saturday.

“I hope all our supporters can fully understand how difficult this period has been for us and I would urge everyone connected to the football club to get behind Garry Monk, the staff and players,” Jenkins added.

Monk’s Swansea will have to find any semblance of last year’s form to avoid relegation – and quickly. Getting a result against Cardiff this weekend, especially with it being a derby match, would give the club a huge boost.

Laudrup, on the other hand, should be able to land himself another top coaching job, either in the Premier League or elsewhere in Europe.

  • Why is this on Empire of Soccer?

    • That is actually a great question! I’ve taken on Matt Levine to cover the Prem. As a New York soccer outlet, I have to cater to the local community – and NY has a voracious appetite for the BPL! Matt will be bringing some of that international flavor to go along with the expanded USMNT, RBNY, NYCFC and Cosmos coverage everyone craves.

  • Tony

    The epl is fixated with with firing coaches during the season but I wonder if the constant flux of management is good for player development or for the league?

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