The Dane has an interesting track record when it comes to managerial longevity. Will he buck that trend in South Wales?
Swansea City have put themselves in an almost unassailable position after the first-leg of the League Cup semi-final with Chelsea. The Welsh side capitalised on Chelsea’s defensive frailties to earn a two-goal victory at Stamford Bridge courtesy of Spanish sensation Michu and apparent outcast Danny Graham. The Swans will host Chelsea at The Liberty Stadium in the second leg with a commanding lead already in check with hope of a first domestic cup final in their history stronger than ever.
While many managers and men, including Chairman Huw Jenkins, deserve massive credit for the club and infrastructure brought in at the club this seasons results cannot be attributed to anybody else other than Michael Laudrup.
After Brendan Rodgers moved to Liverpool people feared the worst for The Swans in their pursuit of a suitable replacement. Many even predicted relegation for the side.
That has not been the case as Laudrup has slightly tweaked the Rodgers system while bringing in superb bargain buys such as Michu, De Guzman, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez which has seen them perform exceptionally well in both the league and cup competitions.
But once again could they face an issue in the summer when it comes to keeping hold of their manager; based on Laudrup’s track record you would have to say so.
His first club in his managerial career was former team Brondby where he first began to earn his managerial spurs. He did well at the club; reinvigorating an ageing side with young attacking talent. He led them to the domestic double in 2005 before leaving in 2006 amongst a contract dispute with the board.
He had caught the eye during his time in Denmark and was even linked with the Real Madrid job in 2007. His time in Spain made him a popular choice among the countries football fans when teams pursued new managers and in the end it was Getafe who managed to acquire his services.
He had a fabulous debut season with the club taking the team to the final of the Copa Del Rey and quarter finals of the Uefa Cup leaving fans of the Madrid-based side extremely excited for the future. Then, out of nowhere, he resigned after just one season in charge with little reason as to why.
His next stop was Panathinaikos, where he was offered the job but he bizarrely wanted a clause in the contract stating he could leave at any point if an offer came in from Spain; the Greek side went with Henk Ten Cate instead.
After a spell in Russia that lasted just seven months with Spartak Moscow he took the job with Real Mallorca in Spain. He again left this club after just one season citing a poor working relationship with director of football Lorenzo Ferrer as the main reason.
So while he is having an extraordinary start to his time in Swansea fans should beware what appears to be a hint of fickleness in Laudrup’s career choices. Here is hoping it is not a trend that continues for long.
Do you think Laudrup is at Swansea for the long-haul?
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