Swansea have just announced in the past hour that they have relieved Michael Laudrup of his managerial duties.
On the official Swansea website, chairmen Huw Jenkins had this to say:
"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 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.
"Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future."
The move certainly comes as a surprise considering Laudrup was a popular manager who just last season had capped off Swansea's meteoric rise with their first major trophy - the Carling Cup, as well as securing Swansea their first adventure into the Europa League and their highest ever finish in the Premier League - 9th.
Last season was a resounding success; however, Laudrup has found things a lot harder this season and Swansea are currently 12th, two points away from the relegation.
Injuries exacerbated by an arduous Europa League campaign have contributed to Swansea's faltering down the table this season; with this in mind and considering what Laudrup has achieved for the team, one would have expected some leeway.
However, Swansea have decided to follow the trend that has become common practice in football whereby the past as the past and the present is the present. Following this rule, Laudrup had no leg to stand on.
Throughout the season Laudrup and the chairman have been reported to have been at loggerheads for a variety of reasons, this might be the underlying reason for his sacking.
It has been confirmed that for now, club captain Garry Monk will take charge of the club and will be in the dugout against rivals Cardiff.