Garry Monk has been sacked as the Swansea manager after a run of only one win in the past 11 Premier League matches.
The former defender, who was appointed in May 2014 after a successful spell as interim manager, leaves with the side 15th in the table following Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Leicester. Swansea are one point above the teams in the relegation zone.
Monk’s position has been under scrutiny for several weeks after Swansea dropped into the bottom half of the table despite a strong start to the season. He took training on Wednesday morning, after which his departure was confirmed.
Swansea City’s chairman, Huw Jenkins, told the club’s website: “The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart. 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.
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“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.
“Bearing that in mind and the current uncertainty around the club, we felt the situation needed clarity to move forward. It was not a decision we took lightly, especially given Garry’s history and standing within the club. And it goes without saying that 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. We hope to appoint a replacement as soon as possible.’’
Monk joined Swansea – then in League Two – as a player in 2004, on a free transfer from Barnsley, and went on to be a part of three promotion-winning campaigns, in addition to winning the Capital One Cup and Championship play-off final.
He made 270 appearances, then took over as interim manager in February last year following Michael Laudrup’s departure.
Swansea were two points above the drop zone at that time, but Monk kept them up and was handed the permanent job the following May.
He led Swansea to an eighth-placed Premier League finish last season with a record 56 points, and this season began with wins against Manchester United and Newcastle and Monk being touted as a future England manager.
Swansea’s form dropped off dramatically, and just three months later the 36-year-old finds himself out of a job.
The former Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers had been linked with the job, although reports on Tuesday suggested he is not under consideration. The Rangers manager, Mark Warburton, and the former Everton and Manchester United manager, David Moyes, are the early bookmakers’ favourites to succeed Monk.