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Swansea City sack manager Michael Laudrup

Swansea City announce that they have parted company with manager Michael Laudrup.

Swansea City have announced that they have parted company with manager Michael Laudrup.

Laudrup took charge of the club in June 2012 and led the Swans to victory in the League Cup final last season.

The club have announced that Garry Monk will take charge as head coach alongside Alan Curtis.

"It is a decision we have taken reluctantly," Chairman Huw Jenkins told the club's official 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 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."

Laudrup leaves with the club 12th in the Premier League table.

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Swansea player Garry Monk in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Newcastle United at Liberty Stadium on March 2, 2013
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