LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:  Brendan Rodgers manager of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

5 Candidates to Replace Garry Monk as Swansea City Manager

​There has been speculation for several weeks that Garry Monk will be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. Swansea made a decent start to the season as they looked to build on an impressive first campaign under the guidance of Monk.

 

Swansea came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 on August 30 but since then the Swans have only one league victory and that came against bottom of the table Aston Villa. Now that Swansea have decided to relieve Monk of his duties, Whose in the frame to replace him at the Liberty Stadium.  

5. Brendan Rodgers

​Although Brendan Rodgers has been ruled out of a return to the Liberty hot-seat, it wouldn't be a major surprise to see him make the return to South Wales. Rodgers arrived at Swansea in the summer of 2010 and guided them into the Premier League for the first time.

 

He then kept the Swans in the Premier League, earning himself a new contract with the Welsh side but decided to move to Anfield in the summer. The highlight of his three years at Anfield was finishing second in the Premier League to Manchester City in the 2013/14 season.

 

Rodgers has been out of work since being sacked by Liverpool following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside Derby on 4th October 2015. Many believe Rodgers may want a bigger club than Swansea for his return to management.

 

4. Gus Poyet

​Gus Poyet is favourite for the job with all the leading bookmakers. Despite this, many would be very surprised if Poyet is the man that Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins goes for. Although Poyet has Premier League experience with Sunderland and has guided a team to top flight safety, he struggled to build on that survival the following season.

 

Poyet arrived on these shores when he joined Chelsea as a player and also represented Tottenham, before becoming a coach with Spurs after spells as an assistant manager to former Chelsea team-mate Dennis Wise at Swindon and Leeds.

 

Before getting his chance in the Premier League with Sunderland, Poyet managed Brighton and took them from League One to the Championship in his four years in charge. He is currently managing AEK Athens on a contract that runs until the summer of 2016.  

3. David Moyes

​The former Everton and Manchester United manager has been out of work since being sacked by Real Sociedad at the beginning of November. Moyes is looking to rebuild his reputation after his unsuccessful spell in charge at Old Trafford. The Liberty Stadium could be the perfect place for the Scot to do that.

 

After 11 years in charge of Everton, Moyes has lasted less than a year in his next two jobs with United and Sociedad. The Scot will be looking for club where he will be given more time to develop a team in his image. As he did at Goodison Park.

 

Before and during his spell with Sociedad, Moyes had been linked with managerial jobs at West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa. At the present time, Moyes is second favourite for the Swansea job.  

2. Mark Warburton

​Mark Warburton came close to guiding Brentford to the Premier League despite being told that he would not remain in the managerial hot-seat for the following campaign. After the news broke of Brentford's decision to replace Warburton as manager, he was linked with several different vacancies before taking over at Ibrox.

 

Rangers are hoping that Warburton can help them seal promotion to the Scottish Premier League following their demotion down the divisions.

 

Warburton and Rangers currently sit top of the Scottish Championship and it's likely he would want see the job through. However, if Swansea came calling, it may be difficult for him to turn down the chance to manage in the English Premier league 

1. Steve Clarke

​The name of Steve Clarke may seem a strange one on this list, given that he has just been sacked as manager of Championship side Reading. That sacking coming only days after he had turned down a move to Fulham to stay with Reading.

 

Clarke worked at several Premier League clubs as assistant before getting his opportunity with West Brom at the start of the 2012/13 season. After guiding West Brom to an 8th place finish in his first season, the Baggies struggled and Clarke was relieved of his duties in December 2013.

 

Clarke likes his teams to play a passing game and keep the ball on the ground, fitting with the type of manager that seems to appeal to Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.