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Michael Laudrup taking legal advice after Swansea City sacking

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

Former Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup is upset about reports following his sacking

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MICHAEL Laudrup is taking legal advice after being sacked by Swansea City - and claims the club have refused to let him visit the training ground to say goodbye to his squad.

Laudrup today issued a statement through the League Managers' Association after Swansea relieved him of his duties on Tuesday night.

It reads: "I am deeply disappointed to have been dismissed as manager of Swansea City.

"In particular, the manner in which it happened and the actions the club has taken since notifying me in the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary.

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"I am, of course taking legal advice and the LMA have already written to the club asking for a proper explanation as to why I was summarily dismissed.

"Until we receive the response I am unable to say any more about the termination but I do want to take this early opportunity to thank the Swansea City fans for their continued support and say it has been an honour to manage this great football club.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time managing in the Barclays Premier League which I consider to be the one of the best leagues in world football.

"I leave the club proud of our collective achievements over the past 20 months and I believe we have continued the club's progression in the manner of my predecessors including Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers.

"Of course the obvious highlight during my time in charge was leading Swansea to the first major trophy in the club's history in winning the Capital One Cup at Wembley, resulting in European qualification.

"In addition, our ninth place in the Barclays Premier League was our highest finish in 31 years and the second highest in the club's 102-year history which again is something which fills me with pride.

"This season we have all enjoyed the memorable journey in the Europa League where the team will soon face Napoli in the last 32 of the competition.

"The club has informed me that I cannot visit the training ground to say my farewells to the players so I do that now through this statement.

"The players have been fantastic and their contribution under the very professional guidance of my coaching staff has been absolutely fundamental to the club’s recent successes. Three members of my staff have also been dismissed.

"Whilst league results have been disappointing of late, we are still 12th in the table and it is there for all to see the fine margins in the league this season in terms of points that separate 11 clubs.

"Although we have been unfortunate with injuries, I believe our league form would have improved and that we would have benefited from the forthcoming Europa League and FA Cup matches.

"I wish the club the very best for the future and for the rest of the season in the Barclays Premier League, Europa League and the FA Cup."

Laudrup has sent an email to members of the media in his native Denmark in which he says he cannot understand what is being written about him following his Swansea exit.

"Of course it is not nice to hear and read everything that is being said currently, especially when 80-90 per cent is either wrong/lie or distorted so many times that you can not recognise it," Laudrup wrote.

"Just like if I was called a drug addict because I had taken aspirin for two or three weeks. (Hypothetical example, gentlemen)."

Laudrup also explained that the LMA statement may not be his final word on his Swansea tenure.

"This does not mean that I will not speak at a later date," he added in the email.

"I would like (the sooner the better), but they (LMA) believe that I will have to wait. And they have hundreds of such cases every year, so I listen to them and their counsel."

The Evening Post has contacted Laudrup following his sacking, but he is yet to respond.

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  • mabl9  |  February 06 2014, 11:53PM

    Well it might be a good thing to seek legal advice perhaps. On the playing front the swans performances this season have been very poor. Was it because of poor investment on players. Was enough money available. Why did we miss the deadline for getting Ki back? Was the training good enough? were the players motivated? Did wembley and Europa league mean we lost focus on what was really important - doing well in the Premier League. Was the selection right? Was the man management right? Find answers to these questions and we can move on. And of course Saturday is a six pointer so of course we have get being all of them to do well. So three points please - no less.

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  • simple  |  February 06 2014, 11:44PM

    I wish ML the very best of luck with getting the answers he deserves, has I feel he was a honest manager, he could have gone when the bigger clubs came calling last season but no he stay and said he would never leave a club until he was ready too, I feel he was hard done by with this decision from Swansea city and given the time of the season. Swansea needed some extra good players when the transfer window was open but yet again the club wasn't willing to spend on more greater players as most of our team was injured, so no wonder the results was going our way. BEST OF LUCK MICHAEL LAUDRUP.

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  • KP287  |  February 06 2014, 11:05PM

    I may be wrong, but I don`t think we will see Michu play again this season after this... Hope I`m wrong

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  • KP287  |  February 06 2014, 10:48PM

    Big mistake, hope they bring in a real manager in the next couple of weeks, before it`s too late...

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  • yankytaff  |  February 06 2014, 10:38PM

    Jimmymush £21m spent on player £21m+ earned on players sold I say again set what was spent aginst what was earned and we spent a pittanceover 3 seasons in the PL league

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  • lordcharles  |  February 06 2014, 10:17PM

    Real shame all round, l just hope the Swans stay up and the board are proved right!

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  February 06 2014, 6:35PM

    What case has ML got? Why was it unfair to sack a man who was not producing what he was paid (good money) to do? One win in ten, 3 in thirty, hardly the mark of a successful manager.

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  • richmcjack  |  February 06 2014, 6:18PM

    There is no need for any explanation if he wasn't sacked then he would have relegated us quite simple logic is required

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  • waunarlwydd  |  February 06 2014, 6:15PM

    Something has gone badly wrong here because Swansea wouldn't just sack somebody for nothing! They don't conduct themselves like Chelsea, for example. So all you lot knocking Swansea for sacking him-- Think about that. I strongly believe he was pushed before he jumped. That's why he's so 'disappointed'.

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  • jakob_invest  |  February 06 2014, 5:58PM

    10' last week and 12 now in the League after meeting some of the biggest team amongst there last 10 matches and doing it with a totally handicapped team with out there absolut biggest star last season.. ..played "Manchester U. and Chelsea and Tottenham and Manchester City and Everton and knock Man U out of the cup. amonsg there last few maches. and still in EU here in the spring after the Group play and still in FA cup. wauue ' Swansea and Huw seem to have forgotten what small PL team he is in charge off. Fire ML on a letter without any reason and banned him for the stadion or saying goodbye to the team he had manage the last 1½ year and many teammates that he had signed and bring to the Club. and now Swansea trying to cheat im out of the contract he had signed if he gets fired... wauue ' we in Denmark dont understand such a tacky mentality... But sure the mentality & corruption & just setting an good example as the human being you are.. clearly aint that high in Wales.. ------------------ http://tinyurl.com/l5qt5ge ---- ____ None the less ' sad to see it end like this.. was a joy to see Swansea play there fascinating passing football and partically las season with a full team and michu in hopla.. was a joy o Watch ' very seworthy games and the reason why I for one was biegnning to watch the swansea's games..

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