We could see this coming, as Swansea are a bit like Newcastle were last season, when they just don’t have a big enough squad to handle the extra games in the Europa League, and they have been slipping down the Premier League table for the last few months, and today Chairman Huw Jenkins has fired manager Michael Laudrup, who got them into Europe for the first time by winning the Capital One Cup last season.
So much for sentiment in the ruthless business of the big money Premier League. 🙁
Michael Laudrup – ruthlessly fired by Swansea
But their 2-0 defeat at Upton Park by West Ham on Saturday, seemed to be the last straw for the Swansea Chairman, who had this to say on the club web-site:
“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.” (mostly caused by the Chairman himself). “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.”
“But it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City football club and our supporters.”
It’s a decision Huw made because Swansea are scared stiff of being relegated and losing out on the big big money available to PL clubs, as are other clubs fighting relegation – including Sunderland we may add.
And Swansea are now level with Sunderland with 24 points, but after defeating Newcastle 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium, they have won only one game since then, and that was a 2-0 home win against Fulham at home – but Fulham have been in free fall over the last several months.
And in their last 10 games since beating Newcastle Swansea have only secured 5 points – and as we said they are really struggling this season with the Europa League – but as usual the manager goes, even though the squad is simply not big enough to compete in two league competitions, and they have also suffered a lot of injuries to their top players.
Alan Pardew’s future has been brought under close review again because of his poor record against Sunderland, and also his poor record in the local Cup competitions, but we’d be surprised if owner Mike Ashley sacks Alan after he fired Director of Football Joe Kinnear last night.
But of course you never know with Mike Ashley – who can be utterly ruthless when he wants to be – and that’s true with any Billionaire, and they didn’t make their money by being sentimental where business decisions are concerned.
Michael Laudrup teams play some great football.
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