By Alex Stevens
Garry Monk is facing the sack after a fall-out with Swansea chiefs, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League’s youngest manager has been urged by the Swans hierarchy to accept their offer of a technical director to arrest the team’s slump in performances.
But Monk has rejected any assistance and the ruthless board are ready to wield the axe just months after Monk guided the club to highest-ever Premier League finish of eighth. He could be sacked during the international break.
Swansea have won just one of their last eight Premier League games and, although they lie in 14th in the table and five points above the drop zone, chairman Huw Jenkins want to act before a crisis can develop.
Jenkins and his fellow directors have identified an overhaul of the coaching set-up because they feel the 36-year-old manager needs the help of a senior football figure to overturn the slide.
It is understood the board want to bring in a technical director above Monk, but the former defender rejected the offer because he believes it would have undermined his position.
Sources have said that Swansea are now looking for a new manager and only an unlikely U-turn from both parties will save Monk’s job.
Jenkins and publicity-shy fellow director Michael Morgan, the club’s largest shareholder, have always pre-empted trouble by acting swiftly before a crisis can develop and believes this international break offers Swansea an ideal opportunity to replace Monk.
It is unlikely to be a popular decision with supporters.
Monk is not only highly regarded for his 18 months in the dugout but the former defender joined the club in June 2004 when they were in League Two and has been integral in helping to establish them as a top-flight club.
By Alex Stevens