Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has been sacked by chairman Huw Jenkins, after a series of poor results for the South Wales club.
Laudrup’s future had been under ever increasing pressure in recent weeks and months, and the sacking seems to be due to Swansea’s poor League position in general.
The Swans are currently sat in 12th, however they are just two points away from a relegation place, in an ever increasingly tight Barclays Premier League table.
Laudrup’s side had won just one in ten Premier League games, with just two wins at the Liberty Stadium all season, the last one coming in last Tuesday’s win over fellow strugglers Fulham.
But another defeat away at relegation rivals West Ham United was the final nail in the coffin, as two goals from Kevin Nolan won the game for Allardyce’s struggling Hammers side.
His position became further under threat earlier today, following the appointment of Swansea stalwart Gary Monk to the coaching team, in a decision which frustrated Laudrup.
Despite crisis talks with chairman Jenkins, Laudrup has been relieved of his duties after a poor Premier League campaign as a whole.
The news came a day after chairman Huw Jenkins dismissed rumours that they had discussed Laudrup’s future, in another bizarre twist at the South Wales club.
“It is a decision we have taken reluctantly,” Jenkins told the club’s website.
“But it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City football club and our supporters.”
Jenkins added: “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.
“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.”
The club will be making no further comment at this stage, but will endeavour to keep our supporters updated with any future development.”
Laudrup leaves after guiding Swansea to their first major trophy, with the Dane managing the Swans to a League Cup Final win over Bradford City at Wembley last February.
He also enjoyed a successful campaign in the Europa League, leading the Swans through the group stages into the knockout stages.
Gary Monk is the overwhelming favourite to take charge at the club, and will probably be in charge for Saturday’s game against arch rivals Cardiff City.
By Ben Reardon