Premier League: Swansea City head coach Garry Monk takes first training session
Garry Monk took his first training session at Swansea on Wednesday morning as the club began life after Michael Laudrup.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 2:44pm
Long-serving defender Monk, who has been installed as head coach, and first-team coach Alan Curtis put the Swansea players through their paces as preparations continued for Saturday's derby with Cardiff.
Swansea announced on Tuesday night that they had parted company with Laudrup, who had overseen just one victory from the last 10 Premier League games.
Swansea said Monk and Curtis have been put in charge "for the foreseeable future".
The club has also confirmed three members of Laudrup's backroom staff - assistant manager Morten Wieghorst, fitness coach Oscar Garcia and overseas scout Erik Larsen - have been relieved of their duties.
The Swans sit just two points above the relegation zone, and Monk and Curtis have been entrusted with masterminding a revival.
Laudrup guided the club to Capital One Cup glory last season but his relationship with the club had been reportedly strained since a major disagreement over transfer policy last summer.
Announcing Laudrup's exit, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said: "It is a decision we have taken reluctantly, but it's a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters.
"It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has parted with a manager in this way, but we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael's long-term future with us.
"I had a meeting with Michael today (Tuesday) in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games.
"However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years."
Meanwhile, the Swansea City Supporters' Trust has backed the club's decision to sack Laudrup and called on all supporters to get behind Monk and the players.
Trust chairman Phil Sumbler said that while many supporters will have been surprised by the timing of the decision, there were various rumours in recent weeks and they were aware of growing concerns among the Swansea board about the team's results and performances.
"There has inevitably been a mixed reaction among fans to the announcement, with the club facing a critical period of key matches in three major competitions," said Sumbler.
"However we know, from our Supporter Director, Huw Cooze that the board has not taken this decision lightly, particularly in such an important week for the club, and it's vital that we now all pull together to give the team our full support.
"We all want to see an upturn in results and what better place to start than at the Liberty Stadium against Cardiff City."
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