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Michael Laudrup sacked as Swansea City manager

After a run of poor results Swansea City have parted ways with manager Michael Laudrup. Swansea's board must have lost patients with their Danish manager following a series of events this season that have caused them to question their manager's commitment to the course. At the start of the season a dispute concerning his agent nearly resulted in the manager leaving the Welsh club. During the season there have been rumours of dressing room unease and training ground bust ups that are said to be the result of Laudrup's apparent disinterest.

Huw Jenkins, the club's chairman, said that making the decision to sake the manager who guided them to League Cup success and qualification for the Europa League was difficult as "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 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."

Jenkins said that the club would now be able to "move forward as a united football club on all fronts" and urged the club's supporters to "behind Garry Monk, the staff and players." Monk, the club's captain, will be in charge on an interim basis and will be assisted by coach Alan Curtis.

Laudrup leaves the club 12th in the Premier League and just 2 points from the relegation zone.

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