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Swansea end relationship with Laudrup

Swansea City have sacked Michael Laudrup as manager.

The Welsh club have terminated the contract of the Dane effective immediately after a run of poor results has them sitting just two points above the relegation zone.

Laudrup took the reins at the Liberty Stadium in June 2012 and led the club to its first major piece of silverware when winning the Capital One Cup last season. Hewill be replaced by defender Garry Monk for the foreseeable future.

"It is a decision we have taken reluctantly," Swans chairman Huw Jenkins told the club's official website. "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.

"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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