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Swansea fires manager Michael Laudrup

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm •  Published: February 4, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Michael Laudrup was fired as Swansea manager on Tuesday, paying the price for a slump in the year since delivering the south Wales club's first major trophy.

The Dane is leaving the Premier League club after 20 months, having signed a new contract in March 2013 after being linked with leading clubs following his team's triumph in the League Cup.

Now, though, Swansea is 12th in the standings but just two points above the relegation zone, prompting the 49-year-old Laudrup's dismissal.

"It is a decision we have taken reluctantly," chairman Huw Jenkins said. "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."

Garry Monk, the 34-year-old defender who has been out injured since September, will replace Laudrup, alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis, "for the foreseeable future," Swansea said.

Like Laudrup, two possible contenders for the job on a full-time basis are former Barcelona players who advocate the type of passing game favored by Swansea; Oscar Garcia, who currently manages second-tier club Brighton, and Luis Enrique, who is in his first season as coach of Celta Vigo.

Swansea's next game is the south Wales derby against fierce rival Cardiff at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

"After thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club (with Laudrup) 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," Jenkins said.

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