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Swansea City have sacked manager Garry Monk after a poor start to the season which includes just one win from eleven Premier League games.

The former Swans defender has been with the club for eleven years, taking over as manager following the departure of Michael Laudrup in February 2014.

Despite guiding the Swans to an eighth placed finish last season, the club’s highest ever top flight finish, Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat against high-flying Leicester City seemed to prove too much for chairman Huw Jenkins, who admitted it was a difficult decision to make.

“The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart,” chairman Huw Jenkins said.

He added; “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.”

Swansea are yet to confirm who will take charge of Saturday’s Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City after assistant manager Pep Clotet and first-team coach James Beattie are also set to leave.

Former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers is the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Monk, with David Moyes and Tim Sherwood also in the frame.

Rodgers, who left the Liberty Stadium for Liverpool in June 2012, is currently out of a job having been replaced at Anfield by Jürgen Klopp in October, whilst Moyes’ position in Spain seems untenable and Sherwood is also unemployed.

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About Dale Ventham

Dale Ventham is an editor at The Sports Lowdown. He writes on the lower leagues of English football and Speedway in particular.
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