Who has been Swansea City's best manager? Sky Sports is launching a vote to discover the finest boss in the history of each current Premier League club and we want your opinions
Last Updated: 22/07/13 10:53am
It is a difficult decision to pick the best manager in the history of Swansea City but Sky Sports wants your vote. Has Michael Laudrup done enough in just one season by winning the Capital One Cup? Or was the passing football of Paulo Sousa a greater achievement? Brendan Rodgers can also not be overlooked after securing promotion to the Premier League while John Toshack will always be a club icon. Have your say at the bottom of this article and via our poll and we will announce the winner in the week commencing 12th August.
Michael Laudrup (2012-Present)
The Danish legend arrived at the Liberty Stadium in the summer of 2012 and instantly set about building on the foundations laid by his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers. A 5-0 opening day win at Queens Park Rangers showcased the attacking football favoured by the Swans boss. The Welsh club beat Liverpool and Chelsea on their way to the 2013 League Cup final where they demolished League Two Bradford City to win the first major trophy in their history and qualify for the coming season's Europa League.
Brendan Rodgers (2010-2012)
The current Liverpool manager spent two years in South Wales, taking the club back into the top flight for the first time in nearly 30 years in 2011. The Swans finished third in the Championship and earned promotion with a 4-2 play-off final win over Reading. They then defied all expectations to finish in 11th place in their first year in the Premier League. The passing football favoured by Rodgers also drew much praise and even comparisons to Spanish giants Barcelona.
John Toshack (1978-1983 & 1983-1984)
The former Wales striker became the youngest manager in the Football League when he took the reins at Vetch Field in March 1978, aged 28. A lack of experience certainly did not hold him back, however, as in just three years he led Swansea from the Fourth Division to the top flight for the first time in their history. A remarkable sixth-place finish in their maiden season at the highest level cemented Toshack's place in Swansea's history.
Paulo Sousa (2009-2010)
As a two-time UEFA Champions League winner and member of Portugal's "golden generation", the arrival of Sousa to Swansea was highly anticipated. The Portuguese spent just one season with the club as they narrowly missed out on a play-off spot. Sousa managed to maintain the possession football introduced by Roberto Martinez whilst adding some much needed defensive steel with just 37 goals conceded in 46 league games, as he guided them to their highest league finish for 27 years.
Who do you think has been the greatest manager in Swansea's history? Have your say via the feedback form below and vote in our poll. Voting closes on 9th August