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Brendan Rodgers on Swansea's shortlist for new boss

By Andrew Baldock

Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a front runner for the Swansea City job following the exit of Garry Monk.

The Ulsterman was in charge at the Liberty Stadium before departing in 2012 to become Liverpool manager, departing the Anfield hotseat in October.

Swansea have sounded out Rodgers over the possibility of returning after taking the decision to sack Monk.

But Rodgers, who led Swansea into the Premier League in 2011, is believed to feel the time is not right for him to come back into management.

The Carnlough native indicated after being sacked by Liverpool that he was keen to take an extended break from the dugout, and it could well be that he does not take another job until next season.

Bookies last night had David Moyes and Gus Poyet as joint 3-1 favourites, with Rodgers and Rangers boss Mark Warburton next in line.

Monk took training as usual on Tuesday, but his departure had been widely expected ahead of Saturday's trip to Manchester City.

Swansea have won once in their last 13 games, and last Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by Leicester 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 this term.

Reflecting on Monk's exit, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said: "The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart.

"To find ourselves in our current situation from where we were in 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."

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

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