LONDON: Swansea have parted company with manager Garry Monk in the wake of last weekend’s 3-0 home defeat to Premier League leaders Leicester City.

Club chairman Huw Jenkins said the decision had been made “very reluctantly and with a heavy heart”. Monk’s departure was no surprise, however. They are 15th in the table but have not won for five games.

Monk, still only 36, had played in for Swansea in all four divisions of professional football from 2004 to 2014, for the majority of that time as captain, before being appointed as manager in place of Michael Laudrup.

He played 260 games for Swansea in all competitions over ten seasons, and was a member of the team who won the 2013 League Cup Final.

Earlier this year Monk, born in Bedford north of London, was being talked of as a possible future England manager.