It may have just become much harder for Swansea City to keep hold of Michael Laudrup.
Swansea City fans and players will all have sore heads this morning following their thrashing of Bradford yesterday in the League Cup final at Wembley.
It was a superb performance and Michael Laudrup should be very proud of the way he’s guided the club to their first major honour in well over 100 years.
The problem they now face is hanging onto their boss because his now proven success with Swansea is something which is going to attract some of the biggest clubs in Europe this summer.
The most obvious one is Chelsea, a side that is going to need a permanent manager and they could be tempted into trying to sign the Dane is their new coach.
However, the problem with that is Laudrup seems like a very grounded, realistic and sensible man who will not find the proposition of possibly being sacked after a few months very appealing.
The greater challenge that Swansea face is stopping him from going back to Spanish football which is where he created his reputation as a player.
If Jose Mourinho moves on at the end of the season, the Dane is being heavily tipped to take over at the Bernabeu.
He already knows the culture of Spanish football and he knows the Spanish style of play because that’s how he’s trying to get Swansea to play on a weekly basis.
Fortunately for the Swans, they hold all of the power in this matter because Laudrup is contracted to them and hasn’t actually said he wants to leave the Welsh club.
Swansea also have a very savvy and logical chairman who has so far made all of the right choices for the club. Therefore, fans can sit back and rest easy in the knowledge that if Laudrup is going to leave, they will get the best possible deal in the process.
Huw Jenkins also has a very good eye for the best coach for the club and has worked well with officials close to the team to bring in Laudrup and Brendan Rodgers before him.
It would be unfortunate for Swansea if Laudrup left but it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
Do you think he’ll be at Swansea next season?
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