Swansea City announced Tuesday the firing of coach Michael Laudrup, who is to be replaced by former player Garry Monk.

"It is a decision we have taken reluctantly," the chairman of the Premier League club, Huw Jenkins, said. "But it's a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters.

Monk will take the reins in partnership with Laudrup's top assistant, Alan Curtis.

Regarded as Denmark's best-ever soccer player, Laudrup, 49, shined on the field with Barcelona and Real Madrid before going into coaching.

The Dane arrived at Swansea 18 months ago and last year led the team to the League Cup - its first major title - and to a respectable ninth-place finish in the Premier League.

But the team has been hit hard by injuries this season and now sits in 12th place, only a few points above the relegation zone.

Swansea has lost six of their last eight Premier League matches.

Jenkins set he met Tuesday with Laudrup "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," the chairman said. EFE