Swansea City have parted company with their manager Garry Monk after a run of just one win in eight Premier League games left the Welsh club just one point above the dropzone.
Monk took over from Michael Laudrup in February 2014 but after guiding the Swans to a highest ever top-flight finish of eighth last season, but after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester left them with just one win in eight, his fate was sealed.
In a statement on the club’s website, Swansea chairman, Huw Jenkins said it was a hard decision to make given Garry Monk’s long-history with the club but felt a change in leadership was required after the club’s poor run.
“It was not a decision we took lightly, especially given Garry’s history and standing within the club,” said the chairman.
“Garry took on the job 22 months ago with the backing of everyone at the club and when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.
“To find ourselves in our current situation from where we were in the first week of September, and considering the drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months, it has brought us to this unfortunate decision today.
“We wish Garry all the very best for the future and thank him for his tremendous service, not only as a player over the last decade, but also as our manager. He will always have a warm welcome at this football club.
Monk signed for Swansea as a player in 2004 and was part of the squad that saw the South Wales club rise through the divisions making over 200 appearances for the club.
Early favourites to succeed Monk are former boss Brendan Rodgers who guided the club to promotion to the top flight in 2011 and former Real Sociedad gaffer David Moyes.
Garry Monk did a tremendous job at Swansea and although this is still pretty much the same squad that enjoyed a highest-ever fnish last season, I struggled to see how the team went so poor this season.
It was probably the right decision to part with the former Swans defender but the question now is who succeeds him? Brendan Rodgers is the early favourite but will the former Liverpool boss return the club he left three years ago.
It would be an interesting choice for the Northern Irishman to return to the club but I am not sure if this choice is a done deal. David Moyes would also be a decent choice but time will tell who is in line to take over at the South Wales club.