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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup gears up for transfer deadline day

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

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MICHAEL Laudrup admitted he had no idea how deadline day would unfold for Swansea City as he paid tribute to his players after their goalless draw at Sunderland.

The Swansea manager insisted he does not know what the future holds for Danny Graham amid strong interest from the Black Cats and a number of other clubs.

And he said he was unable to give any clues on whether Swansea will bring anyone else in before tomorrow night’s deadline — because he is not sure himself.

“I really don’t know whether we will sign anyone,” said Laudrup.

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“Sometimes as managers we have to be like politicians, but sometimes we just don’t know what is going to happen. I cannot say we won’t sign anyone and then something changes, because then you will ask me what I was talking about.

“And I cannot say we will sign someone because as you have seen already in this window, things can change very quickly.

“It’s a lot easier for me to say that I will talk about it when the window closes.”

Laudrup preferred Itay Shechter to Graham last night, but the striker did arrive — to boos from sections of the home support — for the final 15 minutes.

“It was my decision to leave Danny out of the starting side, but when he came on he was professional as always and he was unlucky not to score at the end,” Laudrup added.

“I don’t want to comment on whether he has asked to leave. There has been so much speculation — I would rather wait to see what happens.”

Laudrup saluted his team’s ability to focus on the job after a dominant display at the Stadium of Light. “In Swansea since we beat Chelsea, everybody has talked about Wembley and the cup final,” he said.

“Nobody has talked about Sunderland, but my players showed great maturity to come and perform like they did.”

Swansea keeper Michel Vorm missed out last night with a minor knee injury, but the club hope he will be back in contention for the trip to West Ham on Saturday.

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  • KP287  |  January 30 2013, 11:42PM

    I know, it`s Johan Cruyff, I didn`t proof read my post first...

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  • KP287  |  January 30 2013, 11:41PM

    One thing that is very clear when it comes to Michael Laudrup is that he and only he decides what he wants to do. That is why I don`t think he wants to manage one of the big teams, he wants to do things his way out of the spotlight and pressure of the mega clubs. He doesn`t need the money, he is like royalty in Denmark, he has acheived all he wanted to acheive to date, without breaking a sweat. If you read what Yohan Kruff said about him, you will realise that even as a player he never gave 100% and he never had that killer instinct, he didn`t need to. He is very good at his job and as long as he is happy and at Swansea ML has a great football project from academy right up to the senior team, he will I believe stay with us. Could you see ML managing Chelsea, with the interference from Abramovitch, Real Madrid or Barcelona with the constant pressure and why should he. Why would someone who is a legend in the game want to work under that constant pressure, I like to think he is happy here and he has found his Club.

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  • seasolder  |  January 30 2013, 8:02PM

    Danny stay with the Swans after the boos that Sunderland fans gave you, do you really want to go to a club whose supporters, don't like you. At Swansea we want you to stay under M.L.-- who knows how far your game can develop perhaps an England cap. Stay with us Danny,you know you are in a star studded team.

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  • abertawejack  |  January 30 2013, 5:10PM

    Yes we really do have a settled team here in Swansea, after watching them play last night at Sunderland. Yet I would like to see our Dyer, take off his Pirates left eye patch at times though, if he had passed to his left at the Chelsea match towards the end, we could have had a goal the same again happened last night, don't get me wrong he's a great little player but is taking to much individually on board. We have great strikers better positioned to scoring, the Chelsea game didn't really matter as we had won the game, but last night could have added us a further two points. Not that I'm complaining too much here as a point is a point, no matter what. I'm hoping that AC will have a quiet word with our Danny, his heads in the shed at the moment I expect, no matter what transpires tomorrow, Danny Graham, will be highly respected here in Swansea City, I believe him to be another legend in the making: Now make sure we all contrive to keep our Gaffer here, for quite a few more years and yea we've cracked it. C'mon U SwanssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssYEEHAA.

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  • CroJack  |  January 30 2013, 3:05PM

    Maybe we are going to lose Danny, but Michael Laudrup is definitely going to stay with us. In an interview given today to danish newspaper Extra Bladet Michael Laudrup confirmed that he is not leaving Swansea after this season. Asked if he is going to accept a possible job offer from a bigger club after this season he said: " We have an excellent team here, and we are going to build it further up after this season. I am happy here, so why should I leave? "

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  • brochadav  |  January 30 2013, 12:39PM

    As well as a more obvious attacking threat (sadly absent last night) we now have a defensive strength and stability. We are hard to beat. It does look like we are already safe but just another 6 points and we will be. If we get those sooner than later maybe we'll try some young blood till the seasons end and then come the summer ML will trim and adjust the squad for what will hopefully be a Europa league campaign too. happy days! PS, Danny Graham, please stay, please. Would you really go to a worse team than Swansea? if there are personal reasons for wanting a move I'm sure they can be resolved.

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  • mahatmacoat  |  January 30 2013, 12:31PM

    Agree with Morton on Laudrups statements on transfers. Compare his comments after the penalty decision that went against us to the comments of SAF after the Spurs game which has led to the FA charging him yet again. SAF. Wegner and other PL managers always see decisions they might have got but never see misconduct by their players. ML has made one comment about refs this season and that was when Michu went down with a head injury and play continued. Nothing about the incident just concern that Michu could have been badly injured and could have got medical attention earlier. What a pleasure to hear his after game comments. A dead cert to be one of the analysts for any major trophy in the future.

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  • morton1947  |  January 30 2013, 8:56AM

    Laudrup is abo****ely right when he publicly stated he would not be forced into panic buiying players at inflated prices in this window especially with the agents apprearing to have a filed day. We have a good squad that has got us really established and so we do not need to panic. Hopefully Graham will stay until the end of the Season after last nights booing of him and that would be a great bonus for us especially as he has a final at Wembley to look forward to and who knows maybe even a challenge in Europe to tempt him to stay longer.

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