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6 Of The Contenders To Replace Garry Monk At Swansea

6 Of The Contenders To Replace Garry Monk At Swansea

Garry Monk, he of the immaculately quiffed hair and the surreptitious extra 'r' in his name, has been sacked by Swansea City, following a run of just one win in eleven games. Monk had been manager for almost two years, having replaced Michael Laudrup in February 2014.

Swansea Chairman and Public Relations Genius Huw Jenkins sacked Monk with the air of a benevolent pet- owner doing his dog a service by putting Monk out of his misery:

The decision has been made very reluctantly and with a heavy heart. To find ourselves in our current situation from where we were in the first week of September, and considering the drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months, it has brought us to this unfortunate decision...and when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time....It was not a decision we took lightly, especially given Garry's history and standing within the club.And it goes without saying that we wish Garry all the very best for the future and thank him for his tremendous service, not only as a player over the last decade, but also as our manager. He will always have a warm welcome at this football club.

So who might be in the race to suceed Monk?

Brendan Rodgers

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Rodgers is the bookies favourite to return to management at the Liberty Stadium, having presided over their promotion to the Premier League in 2011, and comfortably kept them up before joining Liverpool to endure endless doubt, strife and anxiety try and win the Premier League.

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Whether he would want to take the job, under the old footballing tradition that one should Never Go Back is another thing. The reason Rodgers left Swansea in the first place was to replace Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool, who similarly answered the call of a floundering former club.

If he takes it, it could be good news for Joe Allen.

David Moyes

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Moyes' pedigree at mid to lower-level Premier League is unquestionable, which is sadly why the other aspects of his career are so frequently questioned.

Utterly overwhelmed by Old Trafford and rather underwhelming at Real Sociedad, Moyes' next job, if there is to be one, needs to come off.

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Stylistically, his football seems at odds with Swansea's, but one would imagine Moyes next chance of success lies in the Premier League. He has denied interest in the job, but in lieu of a job opening at Newcastle, Swansea may be his best option.

Nigel Pearson

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Fresh from quizzing journalists about the biological make-up of an ostrich, Pearson may be about to acquaint himself with the Swans.

Pearson's success in keeping Leicester in the Premier League initally looked spectacular, although given the Foxes' current form, it may have been overstated.

Gus Poyet
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Poyet guided Brighton and Hove Albion to the Championship play-off semi finals, before being sacked by the club live on television while working as a BBC pundit.

Poyet then went to Sunderland, where he quickly adapted to the clubs threestep programme:

1) Save club from relegation.

2) Start next season so poorly you are threatened with relegation.

3) Be sacked so new candidate can return to step one.

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Mark Warburton

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Warburton is the latest off the rack in Fashionable English Managers.

Sacked harshly by Brentford having steered them to the upper echelons of the Championship, Warburton is now the manager of Rangers, where they sit atop the Scottish second tier.

Tim Sherwood

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Sherwood is unlikely to be appointed, owing to his questionable tactical ability, but Sherwood has always wanted the chance to prove himself in Europe.

Sherwood is rarely one to get bogged down with pesky detail, so perhaps he'll settle for Wales.

 

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Gavin Cooney
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Changed the spelling of his name upon pressure from Michael Owen.

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