Swansea City sacked manager Michael Laudrup last night convinced he'd lost the confidence of the squad.
The Daily Mail says the club's hierarchy believed the Dane was no longer capable of inspiring the struggling team, with questions also asked about the intensity of his training sessions and whether he retained the support of senior players.
Swansea defender Garry Monk and coach Alan Curtis will take control of the first team for the foreseeable future.
The hope of chairman Huw Jenkins had been that they would get to the end of the season after a summer in which Laudrup nearly left the club and his agent, Bayram Tutumlu, was banned from acting on Swansea's behalf.
But a source revealed: "It just wasn't working. There have been concerns about the training for some time and it has been obvious from the performances this season that things were not improving.
"Huw is patient and he has shown that over the years. The players are not happy with the intensity in training and they have not been as well prepared for games as you might hope."
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