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Mark Gower fires parting shot at Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup

By GVincent  |  Posted: April 29, 2013

Mark Gower, who is currently on loan at Charlton, has taken a swipe at Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup

Mark Gower, who is currently on loan at Charlton, has taken a swipe at Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup

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MARK Gower has taken a swipe at Michael Laudrup, claiming the Swansea City manager "went back on his word" and "doesn't like players over the age of 30".

Gower's outburst comes as he prepares to sever all ties with Swansea when his contract expires this summer.

The 34-year-old has spent the tail-end of the season on loan in the Championship with Charlton Athletic.

And Gower, who has admitted he is now looking to secure a permanent move to a club in his native South East, has fired a parting shot at Laudrup.

"The horrible thing for me at Swansea was the manager had made his mind up that I was not part of his plans before he'd even seen me play, which is not very nice," Gower said.

"When a new boss comes in you want the opportunity to impress. But from day one he said he doesn't like players over the age of 30 and he brought in two or three midfield players.

"So from being involved - either starting or on the bench - I went from second or third choice to fourth, fifth or sixth."

Gower had been a regular part of Brendan Rodgers's matchday squads, but he managed just one substitute appearance in the league under Laudrup - on the opening day of the season at Queens Park Rangers.

Gower's only other Swansea games this term came in the Capital One Cup against Barnsley and Crawley.

"When the cup games came around it meant an opportunity to impress," Gower told the South London Press.

"The manager said it was important for the fringe players to use the cup to get some games under their belt, but all of a sudden we drew Liverpool away and those lads were out again.

"He kind of went back on his word. 

"The writing was on the wall from day one - I just didn't know it then. That is the only disappointment I've got from Swansea - out of the five years there were four really good ones."

Gower's family have left Wales and, though his contract runs until the end of June, it is thought unlikely that he will return to the Liberty even after the Championship season ends next weekend.  

"It's no secret that I'd like to find a club either London or Essex way, so if the (Charlton) manager feels I'm in his plans I'd love to stay," he added. 

"But if I don't (get a contract) I'll still be grateful for the opportunity that Charlton have given me. I was just rotting at Swansea.

"I needed new surroundings to get myself fit and get my hunger back.

"When you train all week knowing you're not going to be involved at the weekend it is difficult. It was the manager's policy not to play his senior players in the under-21 league.

"He put on sessions and training but there is nothing like games. 

"I did play a couple, but my head and heart weren't really in it after a certain amount of time. 

"The manager has brought in his own players and they have done well. The club have moved on - it is time for me to move on as well."

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  • christhejac  |  April 30 2013, 2:19PM

    He experienced some great times at Swansea - the best of his career no doubt. As a 34 year old at the end of his career to have a strop like this, then good riddance I say!

    Rate   10
  • morton1947  |  April 30 2013, 12:37PM

    The guy has been happy to take his wages every week and not look to challenge for a place. In my book a player proves his quality when he is dropped when he shows the fight and determination to succeed and win his place back whereas Gower hasn't. He is certainly not a Premiership player and will be suited to the lower divisions rather than drain resources that could be better spent elsewhere.

    Rate   12
  • Scribe2  |  April 30 2013, 7:09AM

    Not a great way to depart a club. I rated Gower in the lower divsions but as the club secured promotions, Gower began to expose his shortcoings at the higher levels. I recall his early games in midfield when his performances were at times poor. Let us remember his better times, but he must accept we all have limitations in what we might do.

    Rate   15
  • Mr_Reality  |  April 29 2013, 7:08PM

    Gower should count himself lucky! Very lucky to have played for a club like SCFC. The guy is of lower non Premier league(s) quality and far better players than himself have never had the luck and opportunity/chance like he did to both play in the Premier League and to experience a Wembley play-off infront of approx 90,000 supporters. Gower's 3 goals in 129 games is absolutely abysmal and his on the field performance(s) for SCFC were hardly spectacular hence the lack of transfer interest/activity from other clubs. There was hardly a stampede for his services now was there? Good riddance to mediocrity/could not hit a cows **** with a banjo from 3 yards personified!!!!!!

    Rate   9
  • White_Rock  |  April 29 2013, 6:17PM

    Gower can count himself lucky to have been here as long as he has. Many people would have bombed him out following his duff performances on the wing. Somehow he managed to turn some merely halfway decent midfield performances into a Premier League career. Time for him to see out his career at his natural level.

    Rate   6
  • Hadoken656342  |  April 29 2013, 5:50PM

    http://tinyurl.com/cnfcml6 The charlton manager also said mark gower was not fit enough to play at championship level when he joined in march, so I really do not see how mark can blame michael laudrup for not thinking he was ready to play in the premier league. His comments seem really odd to me. Laudrup does not care how old you are, he cares about ability, fitness and attitude. If someone in the lower league is saying you're not fit enough, that's TWO MANAGERS in a row giving you the same message which means you either need to be working harder, or play lower level footy. It happens and will happen to every player regardless of ability or club. Thanks for your contributions mark.

    Rate   16
  • KP287  |  April 29 2013, 5:39PM

    If Gower did say this, then not professional of him. He obviously had opportunities to convince Laudrup that he was good enough, which he never took or maybe he just wasn`t good enough. Move on and get on with it, stop moaning like the fairies we see week in and week out in the Premier League.

    Rate   4
  • CroJack  |  April 29 2013, 5:02PM

    When I get older losing my hair, Many years from now, Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings bottle of wine? If I'd been out till quarter to three Would you lock the door, Will you still need me, will you still feed me, When I'm sixty-four?

    Rate   -5