ASHLEY Williams admits Michael Laudrup has won instant respect from Swansea City's players as the new man bids to lift the cloud left by the loss of Brendan Rodgers.
Williams has conceded the departure of Rodgers to Liverpool this summer has been "tough" to stomach.
But Swansea's central defensive rock says the appointment of Laudrup has made the club's players sit up and take notice.
"The first impressions of the new manager have been good," Williams said.
"He's a legend in world football — you only have to look at his Wikipedia page to see that!
"He's addressed the lads and he's obviously got our respect straightaway. Training was good and everybody's enjoyed it.
"He's said a few words and he obviously knows what he's talking about so early impressions are good.
"The past two years were so enjoyable. I'm sure everyone has their opinions of Brendan Rodgers but ask anyone here and they will tell you how much they enjoyed working with him, and they are two of my favourite years in my career so it's obviously tough that he's gone.
"But that's life and that's football and you have to get on with it.
"Appointing someone like Michael Laudrup got our respect straightaway and we're happy to listen to him."