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In Touch: Cardiff boss surprised at Laudrup timing

In an interview with ITV's In Touch programme, Cardiff City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær has admitted he is surprised at the timing of Michael Laudrup's sacking from Swansea City.

Laudrup's departure comes days before the two Welsh sides battle it out in a fierce South Wales derby.

You can watch the full interview on 'In Touch' with Fran Donovan tomorrow at 11:40pm on ITV Wales.


Garry Monk: 'I will give everything for Swansea City'

Swansea's new head coach Garry Monk says he will do his best for the club he knows "inside-out" Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

New head coach Garry Monk says he will "give everything" for Swansea City after taking the helm following Michael Laudrup's sacking.

The 34-year-old former defender, who has been appointed alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis, oversaw his first training session this morning ahead of Saturday's South Wales derby with Cardiff City.

Monk said: “I will give everything I have for Swansea City. I will promise the fans that - and I will ensure the players do exactly the same.

“We are all in this together – and I will make sure we stick together. That is what Swansea City has been all about for as long as I can remember.

“I know this club inside out and I will try and use that knowledge to the betterment of Swansea City. I also know how important this football club is to the fans. They are the important ones in all this and we will all fight every inch of the way for them.

"This is a proud moment for me, and I aim to do the best possible for this club and the loyal supporters.’’

Three of Laudrup's backroom staff to leave Swansea

Swansea City has confirmed it has cut ties with three of Laudrup's backroom staff, including assistant manager Morten Wieghorst Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Swansea City has confirmed on its website that three of Michael Laudrup's backroom staff have also departed the Liberty Stadium.

In a statement, it said: "The club can confirm that assistant manager Morten Wieghorst, fitness coach Oscar Garcia and overseas scout Erik Larsen have all been relieved of their duties.

"The club would like to thank them for their services."

Laudrup appointed former Denmark, Celtic and Dundee midfielder Wieghorst a year ago.

Wieghorst, 42, was Denmark Under-21s manager before moving to Wales.

Michael Laudrup's daughter: 'We know the truth'

Michael Laudrup's daughter Rebecca has tweeted after news of her father's sacking, commenting 'We are a strong family and know the truth. That's all that matters'.

Swansea Supporters' Trust 'aware of growing concerns'

Swansea City Supporters' Trust has backed Michael Laudrup's departure from the club and called on fans to give their backing to newly-appointed head coach Garry Monk.

Trust chairman Phil Sumbler said the Trust had been aware of "growing concerns" among the Swansea City board regarding Premier League performances.

There has inevitably been a mixed reaction among fans to the announcement, with the club facing a critical period of key matches in three major competitions.

However, we know from our supporter director Huw Cooze that the board has not taken this decision lightly, particularly in such an important week for the club, and it's vital that we now all pull together to give the team our full support.

We all want to see an upturn in results, and what better place to start than at the Liberty Stadium against Cardiff City?

– Swansea City Supporters' Trust

The Trust has also thanked Laudrup for his achievements during his time at the club.


'Laudrup had lost the club, the players and the crowd'

Swansea City historian Peter Stead has told ITV News he is "not at all surprised" at Laudrup's departure.

"The last few performances have been awful - especially the away performances," he said.

"But over and above that, you could sense in the games that [Laudrup] had lost the club. He'd lost the players, he'd lost the crowd."

Michael Laudrup sacking: What the papers are saying

Speculation over Michael Laudrup's departure is rife in today's newspapers

The Daily Mail are reporting that tensions between Jenkins and Laudrup had been building up since the summer, after they clashed over transfers. They also report that Jenkins didn't approve of Laudrup's laid-back management style.

The Sun claim that players had complained that the training regime was not intense enough for a club in the Premier League and they had voiced concerns over his management style.

The Mirror also claim that a lack of discipline was the reason Laudrup left the club.

The Telegraph suggest that the club lost patience with Laudrup after he took a short break to Paris following Swansea's defeat to West Ham.

The Times go into detail on who could succeed Laudrup, claiming that Graeme Jones - the assistant manager to Roberto Martinez at Everton - is favourite to take over. They also suggest that former Chile and Atheltic Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa is in the mix.

The Independent, however, suggest that Swansea will give Garry Monk and first-team coach Alan Curtis time to turn the club's fortunes, pointing to the club's history of giving unproven managers an opportunity.

Laudrup leaves days before crucial Cardiff City derby

Michael Laudrup was officially unveiled as Swansea City manager in the summer of 2012 Credit: Andy Lloyd/PA Wire

Michael Laudrup was appointed manager of Swansea City in the summer of 2012.

He took over the position from Brendan Rodgers, having previously managed at Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca.

He admitted at the time that he didn't know much about Swansea City and had to research the club before accepting the offer, but admired their philosophy.

Laudrup's departure comes four days before the club take on Cardiff City in a crucial derby at the Liberty Stadium.

Michael Laudrup 'under increasing pressure' at club

Michael Laudrup's relationship with Swansea City has reportedly been strained since a disagreement last summer.

He was linked with other positions, but stayed on at the Liberty Stadium.

He had been under increasing pressure with the team, however, winning just one of their last ten league matches.

Swansea City are now facing the prospect of a relegation battle.

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