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Garry Monk sacked: Brendan Rodgers favourite to manage Swansea

Published 09/12/2015

Brendan Rodgers is still held in high regard at Swansea
Brendan Rodgers is still held in high regard at Swansea

Brendan Rodgers is the bookmakers' favourite to manage Swansea after the club sacked Gary Monk.

The Northern Irish man guided the Welsh club into the Premier League and is still held in high regard at the club.

Rodgers, who left south Wales to take the Liverpool job in 2012, has been installed as the odds-on favourite by Bet Victor. He has been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool in October.

Announcing the decision to part company with Monk the club's chairman Huw Jenkins told Swansea's official website the decision had been made "very reluctantly and with a heavy heart".

Monk's departure, though, is no surprise, given Swansea's miserable Barclays Premier League form. What turned out to be his last game in charge was a 3-0 home defeat against Leicester five days ago.

Monk took training as usual with the team on Tuesday, but his departure from the Liberty Stadium had been widely expected ahead of next Saturday's trip to Manchester City.

Swansea have won once in their last 13 games, and the Leicester defeat left them just one point above the Premier League relegation zone.

Monk guided the Swans to an eighth-place finish in the top-flight last season, but their form has nose-dived during this campaign.

Reflecting on Monk's exit, Jenkins told the Swansea City website: "The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart.

"To find ourselves in our current situation from where we were in the first week of September, and considering the drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months, it has brought us to this unfortunate decision today.

Swansea have parted company with manager Garry Monk
Swansea have parted company with manager Garry Monk

"Garry took on the job 22 months ago with the backing of everyone at the club.

"And when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.

"Bearing that in mind, and the current uncertainty around the club, we felt the situation needed clarity to move forward.

"It was not a decision we took lightly, especially given Garry's history and standing within the club.

"And it goes without saying that we wish Garry all the very best for the future and thank him for his tremendous service, not only as a player over the last decade, but also as our manager. He will always have a warm welcome at this football club."

Jenkins added that it was hoped to appoint a replacement "as soon as possible."

There is no news at this stage on the future of Monk's Swansea assistant Pep Clotet.

Monk joined Swansea - then in League Two - in 2004 on a free transfer from Barnsley, but he went on to be a part of three promotion-winning campaigns, in addition to winning the Capital One Cup and Championship play-off.

He made 270 appearances for the Swans, then took over as interim first team boss in February last year following Michael Laudrup's departure.

Swansea were just two points above the relegation zone at that time, but Monk kept them up and he was then confirmed as manager in May 2014.

He subsequently led Swansea to an eighth-placed Premier League finish last term with a record 56 points, while this season began with wins against Manchester United and Newcastle. However, Swansea's form then dropped off dramatically, and they currently lie 15th.

Five contenders to replace Gary Monk

BRENDAN RODGERS

The Northern Irishman would be a hugely popular choice with the Swansea faithful as he took the club into the Barclays Premier League in 2011 before joining Liverpool the following year. He came close to winning the title at Liverpool in the 2012-13 season, but left the club in October after more than three years at Anfield. Rodgers is currently out of work, but has spoken of his desire to get back into management and he knows the set-up at the Liberty Stadium well and has emerged as the early favourite with bookmakers.

DAVID MOYES

Moyes spent over a decade at Everton where he won universal praise and the League Managers' Association annual award three times. But his time at Manchester United turned sour and he left 10 months after being appointed Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, while a Spanish sojourn at Real Sociedad lasted just under a year. The Scot has said he will consider his next position carefully, but his record on Merseyside - and before that at Preston - still makes him an attractive proposition.

MARK WARBURTON

The current Rangers manager has a Sky Bet League One promotion on his CV at Brentford in 2014 and guided the London club into the Championship play-offs the following season before a difference over the management structure at Griffin Park with Bees owner Matthew Benham saw him leave and eventually head north. Warburton is on course to lead the Gers back to the Scottish top flight and could be on Swansea's radar, although when recently linked with Fulham the 53-year-old strongly rejected the notion he would consider leaving Rangers.

GRAEME JONES

The former Swansea number two has been linked with the top job at the Liberty in the past. He followed Roberto Martinez to Wigan and Everton, where his work on the training ground has impressed. Jones is known to get on well with members of the Swansea hierarchy and at 45 years of age the time could be right for him to step out of Martinez's shadow and make the move from assistant manager to being the boss.

ROBERTO DI MATTEO

Di Matteo has a Champions League winners' medal from his eight-month spell at Chelsea in 2012, while he was most recently at German giants Schalke before leaving in May. The former Italy international cut his managerial teeth at MK Dons and then West Brom, while his success on a smaller budget will not have gone unnoticed with the power-brokers at Swansea.

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