Laudrup out – Monk bookmakers’ favourite for Swansea job

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Following the surprise sacking of Michael Laudrup on Tuesday, player Garry Monk has been installed as the current head coach for the “foreseeable future” to quote chairman Huw Jenkins.

The 34-year centre-back has been coaching with the youth team as part of his UEFA pro license.

Garry Monk has been at the club since 2004, making 253 league appearances for the club – 12 of which were in the Premier League. He has made a total of 276 appearances in all competitions for the Swans.

Michael Laudrup was appointed manager of Swansea City in the summer of 2012, replacing Brendan Rodgers who had left for Liverpool.

The Danish legend guided the Swans to a Premier League best ninth finish and their first major trophy in English football – the League Cup, beating Bradford City at Wembley.

Swansea completed 13 signings during the two transfer windows this summer of players who were handed a first team shirt number. These included £12m Wilfried Bony from Vitesse, £5m Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool and David N’Gog from Bolton Wanderers.

The Swans picked up 15 points from their first 12 Premier League matches this season, which included playing in 8 UEFA Europa League matches and 1 League Cup match in between.

Laudrup picked up just 9 points from their last 12 Premier League matches, which included 2 Europa League matches and 2 FA Cup matches in between – wins at Manchester United and Birmingham City to set up a tie with Everton in the fifth round.

Swansea’s only Premier League win in their last 10 attempts came 2-0 at home to Fulham on Tuesday 28 January. The Welsh side head into the weekend 2 points above the relegation zone before Saturday evening’s derby clash with Cardiff City.

Michael Laudrup’s Premier League record in charge of Swansea City was 17W 19D 26L 76GF 86GA.

Garry Monk is the odds-on bookmakers’ favourite to be the next permanent manager at the Liberty Stadium with odds of 5/6.

Former Barcelona youth coach and current Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Óscar García Junyent is second favourite at 11/2.

Surprisingly, Glenn Hoddle is next in line at 8/1.

Check out the full list of odds for the next Swansea City manager at: http://www.thesackrace.com/teams/swansea-city