Swansea are reportedly set to call time on Garry Monk’s reign in the next 48 hours – and are already being linked with moves for Brendan Rodgers and Mark Warburton.
The Swans board are holding talks this week about Monk and are set to make him the Premier League’s fourth managerial casualty of the season, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Monk, 36, led Swansea to eighth place last season, their highest Premier League finish in his first full campaign, but Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Leicester means that he has secured only one win from the past 12 league and cup games.
Monk admitted after the match that he was struggling to address their slide, but vowed not to walk away from the club.
Swansea will have to pay about £3million in compensation to sack Monk but the chairman, Huw Jenkins, feels that the Welsh club have no option but to make a change after an alarming run of results.
Jenkins had been determined to give the club’s former defender time to mount a revival but the manner of their defeat against Claudio Ranieri’s team has forced the Swansea board’s hand.
Former Swansea manager Rodgers is likely to be targeted for a return to South Wales though it is believed that he wants his next post to be abroad.
Liverpool dismissed Rodgers, 42, in October after a disappointing start to the campaign and he would be a popular choice with supporters after guiding Swansea out of the Championship. But he may wait for an opportunity at a bigger club and could view a return to Swansea as a huge risk, especially with the squad seemingly heading for a relegation battle.
David Moyes, the former Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager, has made it clear that he does not want the position so Swansea may even seek a short-term appointment until the end of the season. Warburton, the Rangers manager, could emerge as a potential contender and has support in the Swansea boardroom. Reports in Italy have linked Walter Mazzarri, the former Inter Milan manager, with the post.
Swansea are poised to announce Monk’s exit in the next few days after extensive negotiations between the two parties, ending an association that began in 2004. Monk played in all four divisions for the club, and was captain for most of his career, before succeeding Michael Laudrup as manager in February last year.