Laudrup takes charge at Swansea

Michael Laudrup has been appointed as the new manager of Swansea City. It’s a bold choice by the Welsh club, who had to find a replacement boss after Brendan Rodgers moved to take charge at Liverpool.

The Danish star of the 80s won titles with Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona. His managerial career has not been quite so stellar, although he is likely to favour the attractive, passing style, nurtured by Rodgers, that brought the club promotion and an impressive season in the Premier League. Laudrup’s previous posts include Brondby in Denmark, Getafe and Real Mallorca in Spain, and Spartak Moscow in Russia.

Laudrup said he was looking forward to the challenge. "I'm very pleased to sign for Swansea City," he said. "It's going to be a new experience for me and I'm really looking forward to it. I've spoken to many people about Swansea and watched a number of their games on DVD. Everyone knows the style of football Swansea play and it suits my way of thinking."

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins was optimistic that Laudrup would build on the foundations laid by Rodgers. "There is no doubt about his standing as one of the game's greatest footballers, but we also see the qualities he has as a manager," Jenkins said.

"Everyone I've spoken to about Michael during the appointment process can't speak highly enough about him, not just as a football man, but as a person. I'm confident that Michael will prove a fantastic acquisition that will help keep this football club moving forward."

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