Let's get one thing straight: I am a big fan of Michael Laudrup; he had Swansea playing attractive football and he has an eye for a bargain, evidenced through the signatures of: Chico Flores and Michu - brought for £2 million; as well as Dwight Tiendali, Jose Canas and Jonathan De Guzman - the former two on a free transfer and the latter on a two year loan deal.
Furthermore, Laudrup has proven himself as a good coach too. Players such as Swansea youth team player Ben Davies have come up from the academy to replace the older, more experienced player in Neil Taylor; whilst credit must go to Laudrup for finally proving Wayne Routledge belonged in the Premier League.
Routledge had a respectable total of 4 goals and 5 assists in 36 Premier League appearances last season. Beforehand, Routledge had the unenviable reputation of being a player that was too good for the Championship, but not quite good enough for the Premier League. Prior to last season, Routledge had only scored 1 Premier League goal in 127 games.
Laudrup's success last season encapsulated what he and Swansea were all about: fearless, bold and ready to take on the world. On their way to winning the Capitol One Cup, Swansea had defeat Liverpool 3-1 away from home, and had done the same to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as the Swans won 2-0.
With Swansea showing their ambition by backing Laudrup in the transfer market this summer (Bony was brought for £12 million and Shelvey for £7 million), it really did seem as though Swansea were ready to take on the world - or at least the second class continent in the Europa League - hey, you have to start somewhere!
However, the current trend in football is: what have you done for me lately? Not thank you for the past.
Normally I hate it when such rulings are enforced - especially as it tends to be panic stricken chairmen who typically make these decisions, leaving their club in the lurch.
However, in this case I reluctantly agree with Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins decision to relieve Laudrup of his duties. I use the word 'reluctantly' because I do believe Laudrup will be manager of a big team at some point - he has the ambition, know-how in the transfer market and tactical nous to do so.
In the short term I even believe he would have kept Swansea up. The only reason Swansea are in the relegation scrap they are in now is because of injuries. Once they clear Swansea should rise up the league table. Besides, Laudrup faced far worse than this when in charge of Real Mallorca in 2011 - and he kept them up that year.
But had he stayed at Swansea, he almost certainly would have re-encountered the issues he faced in Mallorca - administration issues. Laudrup was not sacked because of on the field problems, he was sacked off the field.
The problem began towards the end of last season when the Swansea hierarchy felt Laudrup was touting himself about. In the week Swansea won the Capitol One Cup, Real Madrid paper Marca ran a poll and 78% of the readership wanted former player Laudrup instilled as new manager - ahead of Rafa Benitez and ironically Carlo Ancelotti.
Furthermore, after the season ended in May, Laudrup's agent Bayram Tutumulu stated this: "A good team is no problem. If they don't have the possibility of making a good team, I don't know what can happen. Michael needs good players."
A month later Swansea severed all ties with Laudrup's agent of twenty years after chairman Huw Jenkins accused him of dictating Swansea's movement in the transfer market.
Laudrup defended his agent and a stand off ensued. Perhaps this was most evident when Swansea endured a scatter-gun approach in the January transfer window by signing two players who were hardly setting the Championship alight: David N'gog and Marvin Emnes.
When a manager and chairman do not pull together, it can have detrimental affects on a club. You only have to look at David O'Leary and Peter Ridsdale in 2002; Martin Jol and Daniel Levy in 2007; Rafa Benitez and Hicks and Gillette in the 2009/10 season to see how nasty a good thing can turn in a hurry.
The only complaint with Swansea is that they did not recognise this during the transfer window. In any case, they have recovered after losing Champions League material managers in Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers and I expect Swansea to make another good appointment.
Swansea are where they are now because their managers and chairman have shared singular visions. The aforementioned managers and chairmen of Leeds, Tottenham and Liverpool shared different visions and it resulted in Leeds being relegated, whilst Tottenham and Liverpool needed several years to pick themselves up again.
Swansea are no way near the calibre of the three teams; therefore Huw Jenkins did well to recognise Swansea would have fared far worse if the club descended into the depths of trouble the aforementioned three clubs went through.