Tuesday February 4 2014
Napoli's Euro rivals Swansea sack Laudrup

Napoli’s Europa League opponents Swansea City have parted company with manager Michael Laudrup.

The Welsh side is set to face Napoli in the first leg of the Round of 32 on Thursday February 20 with the return at the Stadio San Paolo on February 27.

“Swansea City and manager Michael Laudrup have tonight parted company,” read a statement.

“Garry Monk will take up the reigns as head coach alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis for the foreseeable future.”

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins added “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.’’ 

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