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Laudrup accused of damaging Swansea's principles

ESPN staff
February 8, 2014
Michael Laudrup was sacked by Swansea last Tuesday © Getty Images

Michael Laudrup has been accused of eroding the principles on which Swansea were built by chairman Huw Jenkins.

The club sacked their manager last Tuesday after the build up of tension with the board and an alarming run of form which left them fearing relegation.

Swansea have replaced Laudrup with long-serving defender Garry Monk for the time being as they face the prospect of a legal challenge from the Dane.

The episode has left the club struggling with a degree of uncertainty and the decision to sack the manager did not win the universal support outside the boardroom.

But Jenkins insists the club were left with little choice. In his programme notes ahead of Swansea's derby against Cardiff on Saturday, he said: "Sometimes our board of directors have difficult decisions to make.

"This week's decision was one of the hardest we've had to make because the stakes are so high. Changing a manager mid-season is not always a wise choice unless, of course, there is good cause and solid reason.

"Collectively as a board we assessed every aspect surrounding the way our first-team staff and squad was working on a day-to-day basis.

"Without going into detail, it was clear to all of our directors that the strong principles we have had at Swansea City over the last 10 years were slowly being eroded.

"Only time will tell whether the timing was right, but in the end we had to get back to basics for the betterment of Swansea City.

"We need to work as one with a strong belief that we can compete with everyone in everything we do."

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