Michael Laudrup sacked as Swansea City manager
Swansea have parted company with Michael Laudrup just days before Saturday’s derby with Cardiff City, with Garry Monk taking over as head coach.
February 5th, 2014
Laudrup met with Swans chairman Huw Jenkins on Tuesday where the Dane learnt of his fate despite Jenkins previously claiming that there was no cause for alarm as far as the manager’s position was concerned.
It appears that Laudrup essentially “lost the dressing room”, something which was borne out by an insipid performance at Upton Park on Saturday where West Ham convincingly won 2-0 despite being reduced to ten men with thirty minutes remaining.
Swansea failed to register a shot on target during the game and it appears that the board were increasingly concerned that City would be dragged into a relegation dogfight if Laudrup continued as manager.
This is despite the fact that the 49-year-old steered Swansea to their first ever piece of silverware last season, with the Welsh club winning the Capital One Cup after thrashing Bradford City in the final, something which has led to a Europa League campaign this campaign.
“We have to make sure that whoever comes in to manage, coach and play for us in the future, they can’t be talking about different levels of leagues within a league. To me that is complete failure,” Jenkins said. “I find that the hardest thing to take, that we have actually got staff and players that struggle at this point in time to see where we can compete.
“And that’s the biggest challenge I’ve got, to make sure that turns around and that everybody working with the club believes that, if we keep doing things differently, we can compete, irrespective of the size of the club or budgets.”
Swansea have won just one of their last ten Premier League matches, although it appears that Jenkins was also dismayed by Laudrup’s outlook on the division where he placed his team among the others that have to ward off relegation every season.
“It is a decision we have taken reluctantly,” Jenkins said in a statement on the club’s website. “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.
“I had a meeting with Michael today (on Tuesday) 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. 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.
“Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wishing him well for the future. 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.”