Who will replace Garry Monk as Swansea City boss?
On Wednesday afternoon, Swansea City announced that they had “reluctantly parted ways” with Garry Monk. Monk, 36, played for the Welsh side for a decade before becoming the manager in 2014 but his tenure at the Liberty Stadium is now over. We take a look at five potential candidates who could take over as the next Swansea boss.
The former Everton and Manchester United manager is currently unemployed after Real Sociedad let him go earlier this season. At Goodison Park, Moyes enjoyed plenty of success but failed to inspire confidence at Old Trafford. In some ways, he would be perfect for a club like Swansea and could be the right man to transform them into a consistent Premier League side, however his self-esteem may be destroyed due to his most recent roles at United and Sociedad.
Roberto Di Matteo
Roberto Di Matteo isn’t the most experienced manager out there but he could be an interesting option for Huw Jenkins to consider. While he guided Chelsea to a disappointing fifth place finish in 2012, he also led the Blues to the Champions League crown. Di Matteo was harshly sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in 2012 and stepped down as Schalke manager at the end of last season after slipping down to sixth in the Bundesliga table – which cost them their place in Europe’s elite club competition.
Steve Clarke will be linked with the vacant Swansea job but it’s very unlikely that he will be considered for the role. Clarke failed to cut it during his time at West Bromwich Albion and was released by Championship side Reading just five days ago. If Jenkins wanted a quick, cheap fix until the end of the season, Clarke could be the man but his long-term capabilities as a manger are yet to be tested in the top flight. Swansea would be making a bad move to appoint him on a permanent deal.
Nigel Pearson masterminded Leicester City’s incredible revival at the back end of last season but found himself out of a job after falling out with the club owners. Swansea could do a lot worse but Pearson’s aggressive nature might not sit well with the Jenkins family and his appointment could lead to turmoil across the club. Swansea are looking for a reliable, calming personality to take charge during a difficult spell and I’m not too sure whether Pearson fits the bill.
Could it be a homecoming for Brendan Rodgers? The Northern Irishman played a key role in Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League back in 2011 and the Welsh side could offer Rodgers a second opportunity at the helm. He left the club for Liverpool in 2012 and while some will criticise that decision, he is the best manager available right now, knows the owners and encouraged free-flowing, attacking football. Swansea fans will be calling for Rodgers to return but will it happen? Only time will tell.
Will Swansea reappoint Brendan Rodgers at the Liberty Stadium or is David Moyes set for a return to the Premier League? Let us know your thoughts!