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Huw Jenkins convinced Michael Laudrup will stay at Swansea City — for another year at least

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 27, 2013


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HUW Jenkins is convinced Michael Laudrup will still be at Swansea City next season — and is confident the Dane will extend his Liberty contract.

Laudrup is being touted as a leading candidate to take over at Real Madrid if Jose Mourinho departs this summer.

The Swansea manager has also been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Barcelona this term, and his stock has risen significantly after last weekend's success in the Capital One Cup final.

Laudrup is only contracted to Swansea until the end of next season and has continually refused to discuss his long-term future at the club.

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But Jenkins says that for the moment at least, there are no concerns in the Swansea boardroom that they will be forced to find another new boss this summer.

And the Swansea chairman has also indicated that Laudrup will agree a 12-month extension to his current deal in the next few weeks.

"Personally I have no issue over whether Michael will be here next season — I think he will be," Jenkins said.

"He has said he will honour his contract, so I think we are talking about another year down the line.

"Then, depending on how successful we are next season, I suppose it will be a decision for Michael whether he would like to go and live somewhere else or carry on at Swansea.

"That will be his choice, and it will probably be to do with personal choice as well as football.

"But as far as I am aware, I don't think there's an issue this summer — but then I am usually the last to know about anything.

"When I get a call I will assume the deal has been done, but we will wait and see if that happens."

Swansea have become used to stories linking their managers with other clubs in recent years.

"Every time we are successful someone wants our manager — and that's not going to change," Jenkins added.

"They probably see us as easy pickings. They think they can come and pinch our manager and, whether it's next summer or the summer after that, we will probably have to do the same again.

"But we have been talking to Michael and I suppose we will have to speed things up and get things sorted in the next few weeks.

"It is ultimately Michael's decision, just like with any other manager.

"It will be back in his court really to decide, probably next season. In the next few weeks we will look to try to get a bit more security, but that's not going to guarantee anything further than next year."

Swansea's decision-makers knew when they appointed Laudrup last summer that he would not be here for the long term.

"Michael said when he came that he couldn't see himself being in Swansea for three or four years — it's no surprise to us," Jenkins said.

"With us doing well, and with Michael's links to clubs like Real Madrid, it's quite natural that he is going to be touted around."

Swansea have seen their last three managers depart for what they felt would be better jobs.

But Jenkins hopes Laudrup will recognise that he is on to a good thing in SA1.

"I felt from the start that he needed some stability as a manager, to give himself time to show he could be a success in one environment over a period of years," he continued.

"That's what the top managers are about, and I felt this would be the right place for him to do that.

"I think in his interests it would be right to stay with us and have a go next year to see where we can go."

Laudrup's agent, Bayram Tutumlu, has also suggested an extended Swansea deal is close.

"We have a very good relationship with Huw Jenkins and negotiations take place in a positive spirit," he said.

"Michael Laudrup is very happy to be in the club.

"It's really not that complicated."

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  • Hadoken858124  |  February 28 2013, 12:42AM

    I think ML would be mad to go, he don't strike me as someone who would be able to deal with sustained critique if things do not got well. And trust me, at those big clubs, there is little or no understanding. Remember ML, where were all these job offers when you were not working and swansea hired you? He could do and has done something very special with swansea, he could literally put his stamp on this team even more and take it to even higher places. I would love to see what we can do next year with a year under his belt, a new striker and one or two refreshments, we could easily be on 45+ this time next year. Swansea could challenge for a spot in the champions league within 3 years with the right man at the helm and the rate of progress we are making, I dare anyone to bet against us.

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  • Bredsdorff  |  February 27 2013, 5:52PM

    Love him and he might stay on. If there is one way of conquering this magician it must be with Love. Being as positive and upbeat as he is most of the time, how could he possibly refuse a Love sincere from the people surrounding him. Love is key. In football and in life. This is my belief. An example of this I saw in the Capitol One final when the fans of Bradford celebrated their heroes even though they where down by 4-0. That is Love, that is appreciation regardless of anything and that I think is beautiful.

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  • VISIONSKI  |  February 27 2013, 4:12PM

    I respect the views of people on this forum but remember this the grass is not always greener the other side of the fence. If managers or players decide to move on it is because of financial security and nothing else. Loyality these days is a byword,time will tell if this manager will stay. Swansea`s previous managers have all contributed to the Swans cause but haven`t stayed long enough to reap the full fruits of their efforts,maybe Michael Laudrup will.

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  • arnoldlane  |  February 27 2013, 1:53PM

    How Jenkins will already have a shortlist for when the big boys come calling for Laudrup. £10 million in compensation sounds nice.

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  • arnoldlane  |  February 27 2013, 1:51PM

    How Jenkins will already have a short list for when the big boys come knocking and Laudrup leaves. Don't forget Swansea could get £10 million compensation for him.

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  • Lynbaz  |  February 27 2013, 11:11AM

    The likes of Real Madrid would be a poisoned chalice to someone like Michael Laudrup. With them it's sack, employ, sack, employ etc etc. They have sacked managers who have delivered them La Liga and even the Champions League. I don't think ML would want any part of that. It's down to us as a club to deliver an environment that would make him wish to stay. I'm sure the Board will do their part by financially backing him in the transfer market (as far as they are able) and developing the first class training facilities required of a top club; and, of course, the academy. Then the players have to do their part on the field, particularly making sure that they never, ever, embarrass him again as they did at Liverpool. Finally, we, the fans, must show our support in every way we can to demonstrate to Michael that we totally believe in and appreciate what he is trying to do for our club. Trying? The Great Dane has already exceeded our wildest expectations and is giving us the greatest moments in the club's 100 year history. Whatever he decides, wherever he goes, he will always be a legend to us in the truest sense of the word.

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  • Hadoken822323  |  February 27 2013, 11:05AM

    Hope he stays another year, but I won't begrudge the guy a chance to go to a club like Barca or Madrid. At the end of the day, it will only benefit swansea to have people like Laudrup and Rodgers in high positions at other clubs. Think of the loan potential , think of someone at a massive club like that with a real connection with our club. Its all contributing to us growing as club and until we get bigger we have to accept there are more tempting options out there. I for one find the prospect of having managers at liverpool and barca/madrid or another massive club with a soft spot for our club as exciting. Huw Jenkins and the board will appoint the right manager, they will first look for someone with a proven record and someone who fits into our style of play. In other words, we are not gonna get a donkey without a clue, they have done too well on a consistent basis to dump it all away on a tangent. We all thought it was the end of the world when rodgers left, and the reality is, we are a better side BECAUSE Rodgers left.

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  • morton1947  |  February 27 2013, 10:09AM

    Arnoldlane . . I appreciate your comments and only time will tell but I honestly will be extremely surprised if Michael Laudrup jumps ship . . I firmly believe he is a man of integrity which in the footballing world they are very hard to find. Money isn't everything to this guy as I believe achieving bigger and better things with a Club of Swansea's size outweigh the fortunes that can be made at these bigger clubs. I am not saying he will never go but certainly not next season and hopefully not the season after either. . .Have faith

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  • arnoldlane  |  February 27 2013, 9:56AM

    Before it happens ask yourself what would you do if Real Madrid come knocking. Jose Mourinio will not last much longer in the job so the natural replacement is a former and respected player such as Laudrup, as yourself fans £200k a week plus a chance to live again in sunny Madrid WHAT WOULD YOU DO. He wont go to Chelsea as Abramovich has got wide after shelling our £88 million to former managers in compensation. Chelsea now continue to pay former managers such as De Matteo until they get another job so no massive contractual payouts from Chelsea not unless he could negotiate this clause out of a contract.

  • morton1947  |  February 27 2013, 8:06AM

    If Michael Laudrup stays, and I for one believe he will extend his contract, it will be great to see someone stand by his word for a change and have the faith and common courtesy to stick with the Club that has brought him the backing he deserves and he has brought us huge success in such a short space of time. His coaching strategies are having a huge impact on the way that the team is playing and the camaraderie is plain to see when they are on and off the pitch. I believe that this Club is on the brink of really breaking into the big time in the Premiership as has been proven by the way they have progressed this season. Already high up in the Premiership and accounted well for themselves against all of the high profile clubs and a first piece of Silverware in their Centenary Season gaining them a place in Europe and also putting Swansea well and truly on the map all over the World. Laudrup appears to be a modest man but has great coaching and man management skills and I am sure that with him at the helm and with Huw Jenkins keeping hold of the purse strings we can look forward to an even brighter future. A few shrewd signings now in the Summer and discarding some of the players who aren't up to the mark will see us beocme a force to be reckoned with. Thank you Michael Laudrup for the immense pleasure you have given us Supporters this season and I look forward to an even more exciting development in the Swans history being forged next season with you leading form the front.

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