It’s getting to the business end of the season and anonymous chairmen with itchy trigger fingers are starting to get nervous as just eight points separate last and 10th in the top tier.
A weekend defeat at West Ham left Swansea just five points off the relegation zone and Michael Laudrup found himself down the job centre in the Welsh City on Wednesday morning – less than a year after guiding the club to Capital One Cup glory.
And if you thought signing on in Swansea was bleak enough then you might want to look away now at the Welsh side’s fixture list as they try to drag themselves to mid-table mediocrity with just 14 games left.
- Swansea face public enemy No. 1 Cardiff on Saturday 5.30pm
- The Swans next three Premier League games are on the road at Stoke, Everton and Liverpool
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One win from their last 10 Premier League games did for Laudrup as chairman Huw Jenkins get all Vincent Tan-like and put captain Garry Monk in charge for the Welsh hate-fest against Cardiff on Saturday night. Cardiff owner Tan had earlier dragged out the very public execution of Malky MacKay in favour of Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Monk is 4/6 with Paddy Power to still be in charge of the Swans on the first day of next season with Glenn Hoddle at 5/1 and Everton’s assistant manager Graeme Jones – who previously was assistant to Roberto Martinez at Swansea at 9/1 in the betting.
With Laudrup’s sacking to cost the club up to £4.5m in compenasation a win over Cardiff at the weekend could put Monk in the driving seat.
A tanking on the other hand could have Swansea thumbing the League Manager’s Association’s crisis management section for the compulsory ‘safe pair of hands’.