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EPL: Swansea Sacks Manager Garry Monk

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Swansea City Football Club have parted company with manager Garry Monk.

Monk, who was given the manager’s job on a permanent basis in May 2014 after a successful spell as interim manager following the sacking of Michael Laudrup three months earlier, was dismissed by chairman Huw Jenkins on the back of a bad run of form that left them 15th on the table and just one point above the Premier League relegation zone.

They have won just one of their last 13 games, and Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Leicester left Jenkins with no other option.

Swansea City Chairman, Huw Jenkins, said, “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.

“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.’’

The 36-year-old had been with the club for over 11 years, first as a defender and then manager since February 2014.

Monk guided the Swans to eighth place in the Premier League last season, their highest finish in the Premier League.