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EXCLUSIVE: Swansea City poised for managerial reshuffle

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 04, 2014

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MICHAEL Laudrup returns to the Liberty today with Swansea City poised to shake up their management team.

Swansea are back in training this morning having been given two days off following their bleak defeat at West Ham last weekend.

But there are question marks over who will be taking the session amid speculation that Laudrup is set to meet Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins to discuss the current malaise at the club.

The Evening Post understands Swansea’s owners are considering a managerial reshuffle which could see long-serving club skipper Garry Monk given a role on the coaching staff.

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And it is also thought Swansea could promote Pep Clotet, the Spaniard who was recruited as the club’s academy consultant last November, to a role with the first team.

If the changes are made, doubt would be cast over the futures of Laudrup’s current backroom team – which includes the likes of Erik Larsen, Morten Wieghorst and Oscar Garcia - as well as that of the manager himself.

Rumours that Laudrup could face the sack emerged in the wake of the abject West Ham defeat, which left Swansea just two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone having won only once in their last ten top-flight games.

It would be a big call for Swansea to dismiss their manager for the first time in ten years – and it is also thought likely to cost the club millions of pounds.

But what Laudrup’s reaction will be if Swansea’s decision-makers press ahead with any backroom alterations remains to be seen.

The Dane, after all, ended up leaving previous club Real Mallorca when Larsen – who is his main scout at Swansea - was shown the door.

Should changes be made to Laudrup's staff, there will be considerable doubt over whether he will be happy to continue as Swansea boss.

Monk, who has been a Swansea player for a decade, has long been earmarked as management material, and the 34-year-old is currently studying for his Uefa A licence.

Clotet, 36, has had spells coaching at Espanyol, Swedish pair Malmo and Halmstads, Norwegian club Viking and Malaga.

He is thought to have impressed Jenkins since agreeing to oversee the running of Swansea’s youth set-up two-and-a-half months ago.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 04 2014, 7:41PM

    laudrup has gone just been announced

  • pengryjack_06  |  February 04 2014, 7:02PM

    Look at the photograph above. If Jenkins and Laudrup swap noses - would anybody notice?

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  • welshrabit  |  February 04 2014, 6:33PM

    maybe the team cant see the panic like i do and they think they to good to be in the bottom 3 and dont need to train, so they must be turning up for a cup of tea and a fairy cake..

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  • confused67  |  February 04 2014, 4:41PM

    Whether these stories are true or not, ML is responsible for training, tactics and player behavior on the pitch. There have been no end of games where our tactics have been wrong. Our attacks are far to slow.

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  • boggis  |  February 04 2014, 4:31PM

    What I find ammusing about all the Chairman chat is that whilst HJ may hold the title, it is Martin Morgan that pulls the strings.

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  • hacker_jack  |  February 04 2014, 2:25PM

    Utter nonsense from the SWEP as per usual. Swansea have a method, that method means the club decides on the coaching staff for the most part, NOT the manager. Any decisions behind the scenes like this are part of an ever-growing network of coaches from schoolboys up to first team squad and is reviewed every 6 months or so. The future of Laudrup and his lieutenants will be decided at the end of the season most likely just like it was with Sousa, until then everyone will get on with their jobs.

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  • westcoastswan  |  February 04 2014, 1:27PM

    somebody needs to get in the players faces and earholes because the lack of urgency and commitment is frightening

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  • JimmyMush  |  February 04 2014, 1:27PM

    If this is the case it's HJ's first really bad decision since taking the chairmanship. Can you imagine a poorer way of preparing for one of the most important south Wales derbys in decades? If you ask me this is SWEP making yet another unhelpful story out of nothing - it's the close season stories of unrest all over again - thanks SWEP!

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  • morton1947  |  February 04 2014, 12:19PM

    I honestly think that the writing is on the wall as even Emnes looks as though he was really brought n without Laudrup's knowledge . .shame if it is all going to go pear shaped at the wrong time . . Let's get Malky Mackay in

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  • knolddasker  |  February 04 2014, 12:12PM

    I think its a little funny that ML should face the sack, considering the money spend by the club on players the last two seasons. We must be the club in PL that has spend the lowest amount, and still were are progressedd in EL and FA. If Laudrup should go i think Swansea will be in more trouble. Yes it has not been pretty to look at, but i doubt anyone could have done something more with the players to their disposal. I still think ML should be more on the pitch with players and showing more feelings than what he is now, i doubt there is a manager around as clam as him. GL with everything for Swansea and ML

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