Michael Laudrup was controversially fired by Swansea City last night, after two years in charge.
The decision by Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins to relive Laudrup of his duties comes after an inconsistent season, which has seen the Swans failing to win against relegation rivals such as West Ham, Aston Villa, Stoke and their Welsh rivals Cardiff City throughout the season.
Last weekend’s loss to West Ham was also their sixth loss in eight games which has left the side, twelfth in the Premier League but only two points above the relegation zone.
Pundits and fans have heavily criticised the timing of the decision; speaking to BBC Sport former Wales’s striker Iwan Roberts called the timing of the decision as ‘bizarre’ but admitted ‘it had been coming for a while’.
Laudrup, the most successful manager in Swansea City history, had been a fan favourite after leading the Swans to a League Cup victory over Bradford, which is the only trophy in the clubs history.
This historic achievement in the club's history as well as finishing ninth in the 2012/13 Premier League season has laid the foundation for Laudrup’s exit.
Unlike bigger clubs, Swansea have never been accustomed to success but the League Cup victory increased the pressure on Laudrup to maintain Swansea’s premier league status and to bring more silverware to the Liberty Stadium through domestic and European competitions through the Europa League.
As a result of demanding expectations, Laudrup increased the size of his squad in the summer with the acquisition of players such Wilfred Bony and Jonjo Shelvey.
Despite, Laudrup’s best efforts to maintain a consistent team, the busy schedule due to European commitments contributed in more injures and the implementation of squad rotation.
This resulted in the team showing rare glimpses of form throughout the season and undermining the possibility of success for the new signings. Who have so far failed to live up to their price tags.
In hindsight, these expectations may have been premature.
The dismal of Laudrup may undermine his status in the short term but the experience of coaching in England, Spain and Russia will have big clubs around Europe inquiring about his availability in the long run.
Laudrup has been replaced for the foreseeable future by former club captain Gary Monk.
Monk’s first game will be a tough and emotional occasion against Swansea’s fierce rivals Cardiff City in the South Wales derby.
The board and the fans will hope Monk provides a spark that could transform their results and propel them up the Premier League table.
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