Swansea and Michael Laudrup have parted company, with the club just two points above the relegation zone.

The Swans have been on an underwhelming run of form of late which has seen them slide from midtable safety to a precarious position above the bottom three.

An official statement from chairman Huw Jenkins on the club’s website read:

“It is a decision we have taken reluctantly,

“But it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters.

“It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has parted with a manager in this way, but we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael’s long-term future with us.

“I had a meeting with Michael today in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games.

“However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years.

“Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.’’

Garry Monk will take over as the club’s head coach on an interim basis as the search for a new manager begins.

Despite some poor results the decision has come as a shock with Laudrup having guided the club to Capital One Cup glory last season, booking a spot in the Europa League in the process.

However Jenkins has asked fans of the South Wales outfit to get behind the decision and to support Monk while he is in the role:

“I hope all our supporters can fully understand how difficult this period has been for us and I would urge everyone connected to the football club to get behind Garry Monk, the staff and players.”

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