Premier League club Swansea fired Michael Laudrup on Tuesday, with the widely-admired manager paying the price for a slump in the year since winning the League Cup.
The Dane is leaving the south Wales club after 20 months, having signed a new contract in March 2013 after being linked with leading clubs following his team's cup win.
Now, though, Swansea is 12th in the standings but just two points above the relegation zone, prompting Laudrup's dismissal by chairman Huw Jenkins.
Jenkins says "it is a decision we have taken reluctantly."
Swansea says veteran defender Garry Monk will replace Laudrup, alongside current first team coach Alan Curtis, "for the foreseeable future."