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Michael Laudrup sacked by Swansea, club confirm

It’s the end of the road for the former Barcelona and Real Madrid icon.

SWANSEA CITY HAVE tonight parted ways with manager Michael Laudrup.

The 49-year-old Dane was appointed on a two-year contract in June 2012 and led Swansea to a maiden trophy in the League Cup last season, but they have won only one of their last 10 league games in the current campaign.

“It is a decision we have taken reluctantly,” said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins in a statement published on the club 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 (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 wish 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.”

Veteran player Garry Monk will take over for the foreseeable future.

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