Michael Duff has been sacked as manager of Swansea City
Swansea Football Club has sacked head coach Michael Duff.
The 45-year-old departs the Swansea.com Stadium following a winless run of five games and just one win from their last eight after their recent 1-1 draw against Huddersfield.
Duff was appointed in June, having led Barnsley to the Sky Bet League One play-off final last term, and was in charge for less than six months following a difficult spell in charge.
Assistant head coach Martin Paterson has also left the club with immediate effect, with fellow assistant head coach Alan Sheehan assuming the role of caretaker head coach for an interim period.
Swansea City chairman Andy Coleman said: “This was a very difficult decision and one that was given considerable thought and attention.
“I acknowledge that there has been a significant amount of change at the club, both on and off the pitch, during Michael’s tenure. I consistently asked for patience as we gave him time to implement his plans and bring the squad together.
“Unfortunately, we have seen neither the results that we expect nor the progress from the squad that we need. I believe it is now in the best interests of Swansea City to make a change of head coach.
“I have the greatest respect for Michael as a person and as a leader. I know how hard he and his staff have worked throughout this season for Swansea City. I want to personally thank Michael, Martin, and their families for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of this club and this city.
“I know that Michael will be successful in his next opportunity and on behalf of the Board and the entire club, I wish him and Martin only the best in their future endeavours.
“I understand how important it is to reconnect the leadership of Swansea City Football Club with its supporters. That is one of the primary reasons why I moved here with my family this summer.
“Being present in Swansea matters, but so does taking responsibility. I will learn from the experience of these last several months. My appreciation for how critical the Swansea identity is to this club has grown since the summer and it will be high in my mind as I make the decision on our new head coach.”
The club said the process to appoint a new head coach is already under way and will update supporters in due course.
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