Laudrup Leaves Swansea
Swansea City have today announced they have sacked the clubs manager Michael Laudrup, with the board citing reasons such as players coming to blows and public disputes between Laudrup and some members of his squad. Social Media site Twitter has today seen a number of it's users defend Laudrup, saying "He never started any fights with players", and currently the number one trend world-wide on the site is "#Justice4Laudrup". It has come as a shock to many Swansea City fans after the Dane guided them to 9th in the Premier League last season.
Above, one of the many tweets that have been posted on Twitter in defence of Michael Laudrup.
Laudrup joined Swansea in June 2012, and immediately brought his presence of managing in Spain to the club by bringing a style of football which included his players keeping possession, counter-attacking the other team, slick and fluid movement when on the ball, a similar tactic to the famous 'Tika-Taka'. He then signed players from Spain, including bargain buy Michu, who signed from Rayo Vallecano for a fee of £2m, scoring 18 goals in 35 games. Pablo Hernandez, Jonathan De Guzman and Chico were also signed from La Liga, as Laudrup began to build his team for the season. In February 2013, Laudrup appointed the man he signed during his reign at Brondby, Morton Weighorst, as his assistant manager, and stated he believed he could one say himself become the manager of Swansea City The 48 year old guided The Swans to their first ever major cup final, after beating reigning European Champions Chelsea over two legs in the Semi Finals of the Capital One Cup, before going on to beat Bradford City 5-0 in the Final. In March, he then signed a new contract with the club until 2015, which like his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, included a release clause for if any other team wanted to hire his services, and the clause was rumoured to be around £5m. He then managed to guide the club to a 9th placed finish, their highest ever league finish.
Chairman Huw Jenkins has released a statement to the press to clarify the situation at the Liberty Stadium. "Me and the rest of the board at Swansea City would like to send an apology to the fans after our sacking of Michael Laudrup, but we felt that, with the best interests of the club in heart, sacking Michael was the right thing to do to protect the image of the club, as we feel that all these disputes between him and the players were harming the image of the club too much, and we need to protect the clubs image so we do not turn off potential sponsors, players or investors. Obviously, Michael is a hugely talented manager, his style of football is one to admire and we believe any team would be lucky to have him as their manager as his football is attractive, he keeps a cool head on the touchline, can make smart transfer business when making his targets and is just someone who you can have a great business relationship with. All of us at Swansea City would like to express our gratitude to the job he has done at the club over the past 13 months, which includes winning the Capital One Cup, and we wish him the best for the future as he continues his managerial journey".