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.
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.