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Morten Wieghorst speaks on talk he could succeed Michael Laudrup at Swansea City

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 21, 2013

Morten Wieghorst

Morten Wieghorst

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MORTEN Wieghorst has admitted he wants to be a manager again — but insists it is too soon to suggest he could be Swansea City's next boss.

Michael Laudrup has mentioned his No. 2 as a contender to take the reins at the Liberty when he moves on.

But although he is flattered by Laudrup's verdict, Wieghorst says he is only thinking about doing a sound job as Swansea's assistant boss.

Wieghorst has previously been the top man with Nordsjaelland and the Danish Under-21 side, and has been touted in his homeland as a leading candidate to become Denmark's next national manager.

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But the 42-year-old's focus for now is on helping Laudrup's Swansea continue to thrive in the Premier League.

"It's a compliment of course (to be mentioned by Laudrup), but I don't think along those lines," Wieghorst said.

"There is speculation back home as well, but I have only been here a month and people are trying to put me into the next position.

"I am not thinking that far ahead, to be honest.

"I am not saying I am not going to go back into management. I think I will do that at some stage, but not right now.

"Right now I am really enjoying being the assistant coach at Swansea and I'm concentrating on doing my best here.

"I have always lived that way — do your best whatever role you are in and then the future will take care of itself."

Former Celtic midfielder Wieghorst quit his job in the Danish set-up to join Swansea last month.

Laudrup picked his ex-international colleague ahead of three other leading contenders and quickly identified him as a potential successor at Swansea.

"I certainly believe he can be manager here," Laudrup said.

It may be that Wieghorst comes into the reckoning when Laudrup departs, for Swansea's current manager has made it clear he will not be at the helm for the long term.

But Wieghorst added: "For now I am enjoying my role and I am really looking forward to the next few weeks and months.

"We are looking to finish this season on a high and then we will build for next season."

Swansea's non-internationals are in training this week — but will be given a long weekend off — ahead of their return to Premier League action against Tottenham in nine days' time.

Chico Flores is optimistic of being fit to return to action in that game having been out for five weeks with an ankle ligament problem.

Kemy Agustien (thigh) could also be back in contention as Swansea aim for a first Premier League victory over Spurs.

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  • nonnegativ  |  March 21 2013, 2:42PM

    Hadoken375747: I agree that everybody is replaceable, but I am I am not bored thinking about the replacements ;-) After all - Huw Jenkins and the Board ( all my respect ) can`t do the job on the pitch...

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  • Hadoken375747  |  March 21 2013, 2:25PM

    I'm really bored of this. If you want to come to swansea great, if you want to go, foff. As long as we got huw jenkins and the board we will be fine. The core things that will make this club a success have been built up and will not be going anywhere. The board are NEVER going to appoint an unproven manager again, they will bring in someone who only needs to tweak instead of redefine. So unless some hideous happens, it does not matter who leaves, they are ALL replaceable in terms of ability. Every player and manager is.

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  • nonnegativ  |  March 21 2013, 1:56PM

    I agree that Laudrup will move on, but I on`t thing Wieghorst will follow him. Laudrup insists on coaching staff that speak the native language, and Wieghorst (to my knowledge) doesn`t speak Spanish. Laudrup will have plenty of old teammates from Barca or Real to choose from as his assistant in Span. Wieghorst is recognised in Denmark a future star-manager. The fact that he is the Favorite as Manager for Denmark (ahead of Laudrup) says it all. The Danish Football Association demanded a clause in order to be able to get him back, when he signed with Swansea. Michu might be Laudrups the best signing on the pitch, but in the long run I think Wieghorst will prove to be the best signing of them all. When Laudrup goes to Spain Wieghorst will have to tough decision to make: Denmark manager or (if offered) Swansea Manager. I think its 50-50.

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  • arnoldlane  |  March 21 2013, 10:52AM

    When Laudrup moves on as he will if Swansea have another good season next year to say Real Madrid or Barcelona then then Morton will be on the plane with him make no mistake about that. Morton will not be hanging around in Swansea if Laudrup gets one on the worlds big clubs.

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