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Michael Laudrup has won respect at Swansea City

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 14, 2012

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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."

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  • DJofTNE  |  July 16 2012, 3:36PM

    Treforysboy - Should'nt you be worrying where whitts is off to instead? Heard he's upgrading to a much better team, bristol city are making a 2m bid.

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  • DJofTNE  |  July 16 2012, 3:32PM

    TRUNKLES = CARDIFF FAN, he's only heard of the world class players like Earnshaw, gabbidon and kenny miller, bless his little cotton socks. Get out a bit more mun, You dont win 5 spanish leagues in a row with different teams if you can't do the business on the old green turf.

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  • Cwmdu  |  July 16 2012, 1:26PM

    Where is mickeydirtbag with his inside knowledge??

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  • Dragon42  |  July 16 2012, 12:07PM

    Treforysboy - He is in Spain with team GB not Anfield.

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  • Treforysboy  |  July 15 2012, 9:40PM

    Word on the streets of Anfield tonight is that Joe Allen has a medical there tomorrow.

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  • Treforysboy  |  July 15 2012, 9:38PM

    Word on the streets of Anfield is that Joe Allen has a medical there tomorrow.

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  • PeterHopeful  |  July 15 2012, 2:01PM

    Here I go, I'm sticking my neck out I think the Swans will finish in the top nine. No doubt someone on here will call me an idiot , who cares.

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  • daiswan  |  July 14 2012, 7:42PM

    For the purists amongst you , just been told it's Hara-Kiri - Ritual disembowelling or something! I guess it's all the same - I'd be gutted if the Swans went down!! It wont happen!!

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  • daiswan  |  July 14 2012, 7:33PM

    Amazed at these comments (well not all - only the negative ones). Brendan came here as a relative unknown, never had the chance to play , failed as a manager (sacked by Reading) yet we embraced him, gave him a chance and then admired him, loved him to bits and were gutted by his departure. Now we have a top man - did it as player, shows he has a brain by walking away from some 'iffy' clubs and is welcomed by our top notch players. What more do you 'moaners' want - blood!! I've got great optimism for the season! The Swans will survive - even go from strength to strength - if not daiswan will commit 'harikari' and will never be heard of again. Who are we!!!

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  • PaulStuart  |  July 14 2012, 4:32PM

    Well said Cybil. What a list of ex players who went on to be great managers. All, give ML a fair crack before the season even starts. I ,for one, believe he will be outstanding as a manager as he was a player. One of the very best. He and his family will settle in Swansea as they have already said. Top appointment HJ.

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