This week so far has seen some strange decisions in football and in sport in general. The decision by Swansea to dismiss Michael Laudrup ranks as one of the worst decisions this season, in my opinion.
Admittedly Swansea have been on a poor run of form recently with the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday their sixth defeat in eight Premier League matches. They are now just two points above the relegation zone and certainly part of a relegation battle that will go down to the wire this season. These facts alone are perhaps justification for the club to part company with their manager but Swansea have seemingly forgot about the success that Laudrup has brought to the club in just eighteen months as manager.
Only recently Laudrup was linked with the Real Madrid top job and that is testament to the impact he has made at the South Wales club. Last season witnessed Swansea, under Laudrup, win their first major trophy when they lifted the League Cup. That victory ensured The Swans qualified for this year's Europa League where they have already reached the last 32 of the competition after some impressive displays.
Not so long ago Swansea supporters could only dream about the success that they have had over the last twelve months, not to mention the fantastic managers that they have had over the past few years. Perhaps part of the problem for Laudrup has been the fact that he has had to follow in the footsteps of Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez who were also very successful in building the club up to be where it is today.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins perhaps believed that he was witnessing all the good work over the last ten years falling apart because of recent results and decided to react before it was too late. But did he panic? Was there also underlying reasons that influenced his decision? We may never know if there were other reasons but on the face of it the decision appears strange despite Swansea's lowly position in the table.
So where do Swansea go from here?
They have just fourteen league games left to salvage their season and maintain their Premier League standing. They have a huge South Wales derby against Cardiff on Saturday which they will need to win to boost their survival hopes and to regain the local bragging rights they lost after their 1-0 defeat in Cardiff earlier in the season.
Huw Jenkins will need to appoint a manager very soon but who do Swansea supporters want to see as their next manager? Whoever it is will inherit a well run club but also a club in danger of losing their Premier League status and a club where expectations have perhaps changed because of their success in the last 12-months.
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