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Swansea City to unveil ex-Celtic midfielder Morten Wieghorst as assistant manager

By SWEP_DafP  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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SWANSEA City are poised to unveil Michael Laudrup's former Danish international team-mate Morten Wieghorst as their assistant manager.

Wieghorst, who played for Celtic and then under Laudrup at Brondby during his playing career, is currently in charge of Denmark's Under-21 side and will begin work at the Liberty immediately.

The 41-year-old's appointment is set to be formally announced tomorrow, and he will work alongside Erik Larsen and first team coach Alan Curtis.

Wieghorst is a highly-rated manager in his homeland, and the Danish Football Association (DBU) are understood to have identified Wieghorst as the man to succeed Morten Olsen as manager of the senior Danish side in 2014.

Olsen has declared his intention to step down from his post next year, and the DBU believe the experience of working under Laudrup will make former Nordsjaelland boss Wieghorst the ideal successor.

Wieghorst's contract with the Danish Under-21s was due to expire this summer, but the ex-Dundee and Celtic midfielder was eager to return to club football as soon as possible.

"It surprises me a little," said DBU secretary Jim Stjerne Hansen. "I had an idea he was not going to renew with us, but it surprises me that he will be start in Swansea immediately."

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  • wintertime  |  February 08 2013, 7:23PM

    It's the Danish federation that calls the shots, not you. They have let Wieghorst go on the premise that Swansea let him go if they want him in 1½ years (they may not, only time will tell). Laudrup isn't scheduled to take over the national team in 1½ years, although in Denmark the press and 99,9% of the population would like him to. Laudrup has consistently stated that he does not want to run the national team, yet. Which is good news for Swansea. As for what happens after Swansea, no one knows. And that includes Laudrup, because he refuses to make future commitments beyond the contract he currently has. You talk about average. If you knew anything about Laudrup and Wieghorst, you'd know that they and average don't belong in the same sentence.

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  • CroJack  |  February 08 2013, 2:48PM

    @wintertime Wrong. Wieghorst is not scheduled to run the danish national team in 1 1/2 year. Laudrup is scheduled. Wieghorst just left his job as manager for danish under 21 national team. Six months before his contract expired. You simply don't do that if you want to be a candidate for the job as national team manager. President for danish FA said he was shocked. Wieghorst explained he wanted to continue his career at club level. With other words - he got fed up with a boring job. He is 41, and what is an average age for a national team manager? Over 60. And Laudrup? He will be with Swansea for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 years, and if he does well, he will go for a big club (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus), and after that - danish national team. If Laudrup fails here at Swansea then you can expect he goes for the national manager job.

  • wintertime  |  February 08 2013, 10:16AM

    Except Wieghorst is scheduled to run the Danish National team in 1½ years. So if Laudrup does leave - which by no means is a certainty as he cares little for some of the top jobs which he is linked to, such as Chelsea - Wieghorst will probably be gone too. Also Crojack, your information is slightly incorrect. You make it sound as if it was Wieghorst who took Nordsjaelland into the Champions League when it wasnt.

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  • CroJack  |  February 07 2013, 8:51PM

    Great news. Now we know for sure that Laudrup is going to stay, and probably extend his contract. Morten is high estimated manager in Denmark. He was appointed at Nordsjæland when the club was at the bottom of the league and implemented passing and attacking style of football. Quickly they became a top club winning danish league last year and playing Champions League. This can also be a strategic move by Hew. If Laudrup moves to a bigger club in a couple of years Hew will have a new manager right there, at the club, a manager who knows the club, the players and the style of playing football.

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