Alla fine, più che i risultati – comunque scarsi – delle ultime settimane, i contrasti tra Michael Laudrup e il presidente Huw Jenkins hanno sancito l’esonero del danese dalla guida tecnica dello Swansea. La scelta è stata ufficializzata pochi minuti fa sul sito web del club gallese; nel comunicato si apprende che la panchina è affidata temporaneamente a Monk. Parole di routine del presidente Jenkins: “La decisione è stata difficile, è la prima volta che accade dopo dieci anni. Oggi ho incontrato Michael e siamo entrambi convinti che il cambio serva alla squadra per dare il meglio nelle ultime 14 partite di campionato”. L’esonero arriva a tre settimane dalla doppia sfida di Europa League contro il Napoli. Di seguito, il comunicato ufficiale dello Swansea sull’esonero di Laudrup:
Swansea City and manager Michael Laudrup have tonight parted company.
Garry Monk will take up the reigns as head coach alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis for the foreseeable future.
“It is a decision we have taken reluctantly,’’ confirmed Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins. “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.’’
The Swansea chairman concluded: “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.’’
The club will be making no further comment at this stage, but will endeavour to keep our supporters updated with any future development.