Garry Monk has been sacked as Swansea City manager after 22 months in charge.
Sportsmail understands that sources close to Monk were told on Tuesday night that he would lead the team one final time against Manchester City on Saturday.
But chairman Huw Jenkins has moved to make a clean break, sacking his manager after 40 minutes of talks at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday. Those discussions followed conversations on Monday and Wednesday morning that left the 36-year-old in the dark over whether he had a future at the club he served for 11 years.
It is not yet known who will lead the side at the Etihad Stadium, with Monk’s assistants Pep Clotet and James Beattie on the brink of being dismissed. The uncertainty over who would manage the side temporarily is believed to be one reason for Jenkins’ delay in making his decision. Club stalwart Alan Curtis could take over in a caretaker capacity, while former manager Brendan Rodgers is top of the club’s wishlist for a permanent replacement.
Jenkins said: ‘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 today.
‘Garry took on the job 22 months ago with the backing of everyone at the club. 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.
‘Bearing that in mind and the current uncertainty around the club, we felt the situation needed clarity to move forward.
‘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.
‘We hope to appoint a replacement as soon as possible.’
It is a sad end for Monk, who led Swansea to a record Premier League points total last season and was tipped for the manager of the year award. He was also touted as a future England manager.
But this season has been woefully short of his standards, with Swansea taking one win in their past 11 Premier League games.
Monk was privately supported by Jenkins throughout the slump, but has had to work with a difficult dressing room, with sources close to Monk complaining about the attitude and desire of certain players in the squad. There have also been differences of opinion regarding transfers, with Monk not entirely satisfied with his input into the process.
However, the relationship between Monk and Jenkins was never known to be unduly strained, with club sources keen to emphasis that this was purely a results-based decision.
Monk steered Swansea safe of relegation after taking over from Michael Laudrup in February 2014, before finishing eighth last season. They are currently one point above the bottom three.
Keystone Bank partners Nilayo Sports to host Valuejet Remo Ultra Racetrack
As a way of demonstrating its commitment to promoting fitness and healthy living amongst Nigerians, Keystone Bank Limited, recently partnered with Nilayo Sports Management Limited (NSML), to host the maiden edition of the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo 2019 competition.
The 50km ultra-distance race event held on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Sagamu, Ogun State, was the first African championship in IAU’s 35-year history. The three-in-one championship had about 4000 athletes from across 35 IAU member countries.
The race which took off at the Gateway International Stadium had in attendance dignitaries including the governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, president of IAU in Africa, Solomon Ogba, executive director, Keystone Bank, Yemi Odusoya, ex- Nigeria athlete, Falilat Ogunkoya amongst others.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Bukola Olopade, the managing director of NSML said the race is one of the company’s numerous ways to create bond among Nigerians and the world at large.
“The ultra-marathon is first of its kind in Africa and we are elated that our company is responsible for bringing youths together to harness their talents. “Valuejet IAU African Championships is a trendsetter. The ultra-race has set an excellent example for ultra-running on the continent”, he concluded.Commenting on the bank’s involvement in the event, executive director of Keystone Bank Limited, Mr. Yemi Odusanya said the lender recognises the importance of health to nation building, stating, “A healthy workforce is considered the most productive workforce. Good health is critical to economic development and therefore, health remains one of our core CSR pillars in the bank.
Keystone Bank will continually strive to promote advanced healthcare in Nigeria.“The competition showcases the bank’s commitment to community investment and project financing.
“Therefore, sponsoring the Valuejet IAU African Championship, Remo 2019 competition is in line with our vision to promote a healthier nation as a whole.”At the event, winners of the 50-kilometre ultra-race in both foreign and local categories pocketed $2,000, while the second and the third placed runners received $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.For the Nigerian local five-kilometre run, the winner received N500, 000, runner-up N300, 000, while the second runner-up went home with N150, 000.
Nigerian musical artistes, CDQ, Slimcase and Naira Marley were also on ground to add glamour to the event.While Nilayo Sports Management is a sports management and marketing company, working with some of the biggest names in the world of sports like IAAF, CAA and AFN aimed at promoting sporting activities from grassroots level to international level in Africa, Keystone Bank is a technology and service-driven commercial bank offering convenient and reliable solutions to its customers.
AJ To Defend His WBO Title Against Mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk
The president of the World Boxing Organisation has forced Anthony Joshua into defending his WBO title after winning his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jnr.
Francisco Varcarcel, the president of the organisation said in a statement that Joshua will have to defend his WBO title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk within 180 days of Saturday’s win.
That means that Joshua will now have to face the prospect of defending his WBO title before June 4th, and If he does not agree to meet the Ukrainian former cruiserweight king before then, he will be forced to vacate his belt, according to Mail Online Sport.
The publication also added that If Joshua does vacate his belt, Usyk could face either Dereck Chisora or Joseph Parker for the strap, which would divide the belts further across the division.
On Saturday night, Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in their world heavyweight title rematch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The British-Nigerian boxer who suffered a shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr back in June in New York City, regained his IBF, WBA and WBO titles as he defeated the Mexican-American boxer by unanimous decision.
Anthony Joshua has made us proud by exhibiting the I-can-do spirit of Ogun people – Governor Abiodun
Dapo Abiodun, the Governor of Ogun State on Sunday, December 11th felicitated with the world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua for displaying “Ogun standard of excellence” by reclaiming all titles in a re-match with his opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr.
Governor Abiodun said that the State-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that the nation would be great again. “I congratulate Anthony on this successful outing. May he, continue with the winning streak ad infinitum,” Abiodun prayed.
“God still answers prayers. We return all glory to God Almighty for granting our heart desires and ceaseless prayers for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to regain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.”
“All of us in the state, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success, That the feat happened in Saudi Arabia doubly excites me. God answered us”, an excited Abiodun said.
He also lauded Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus which he described as virtues ingrained in the DNA of Ogun people. “He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the I-can-do spirit of Ogun people”, Abiodun added.
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