Swansea fires manager Michael Laudrup

The Associated PressFebruary 4, 2014
Swansea fires manager Michael Laudrup
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FILE - In this Sunday Dec. 1, 2013 file photo, Swansea City's manager Michael Laudrup takes his seat before his team's 3-0 loss to Manchester City during their English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England. Premier League club Swansea fired Michael Laudrup on Tuesday Feb. 4, 2014, with the widely-admired manager paying the price for a slump in the year since winning the League Cup. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

LONDON (AP) -- Michael Laudrup was fired as Swansea's manager on Tuesday, less than a year after winning England's League Cup for the club's first major trophy.

The Dane, who signed a new contract last March, is leaving the Premier League club after 20 months. Swansea (6-12-6) is 12th, two points above the relegation zone.

Garry Monk, a 34-year-old defender who has been sideline since September with an injury, will replace Laudrup, alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis, ''for the foreseeable future,'' Swansea said.

Like Laudrup, two possible contenders for the job on a full-time basis are former Barcelona players who advocate the type of passing game favored by Swansea; Oscar Garcia, who currently manages the second-tier club Brighton, and Luis Enrique, who is in his first season as coach of Celta Vigo.

Swansea's next game is the south Wales derby against frival Cardiff at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.