Laudrup Dismissal Is No Surprise

Even before you get to Swansea's rancid form over the last year, there were plenty of reasons for Michael Laudrup's sacking. Nick Miller is surprised he lasted this long...

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vergilius (Crystal Palace) says...

I dunno. They were still in the FA Cup having knocked out MANU at Old Trafford. Still in the Euro Cup, 12th in the League with an easier fixture list to come. Results might have been Down compared to last year, but what does sacking Laudrup achieve? They now have a novice in charge whose biggest contribution this season has been fighting with a first choice central defender. After delivering their first major trophy last year, didn't he deserve the chance to right a ship which wasn't sailing all that badly anyway?

Posted 4:10pm 6th February 2014

andy n (Liverpool) says...

Oh Nick - have you written this just to get a reaction out of people? Lets be honest Swansea were over achieving under Laudrup - he got them some Silverwear, a trip into Europe and some decent PL finishes - if anything he was over achieving. Who are they going to replace him with who will achieve more then he did? No-one - hence sacking him was a mistake and I feel - quite harsh!

Posted 12:10pm 6th February 2014

norvennah (Manchester United) says...

The most interesting thing about this post is that he was the darling of the press and even here at F365. You writers of Effing 365 are as fickle as the printed press. Is it all Laudrup? Are you feeding Jenkins ego? It would seem obvious that there are two sides to this story but again conjectural lazy reporting from F365. Do you ever leave the building? As usual, you mob don't really know any more than us the great unwashed. You just "swan" around pretending you do. There are some fair comments brow and I'm sure the Swans fans know even better. Good luck to them and when they drop back, as surely they will, we'll all forget them after their fleeting moment in the sun.

Posted 5:04am 6th February 2014

Editor says ...

We don't claim to 'know' anything more than you, sir, swanning or not. We prefer to loaf, anyway.

doctor_cowboy (Liverpool) says...

The Premier League's "Devastatingly Attractive" rating just dropped by 15%. Le sigh.

Posted 4:12am 6th February 2014

footy_junky says...

Welcome to Manchester United Michael. We will get rid of this Clown named Moyes and you can install attractive aggressive attacking football back to Old Trafford turf.

Posted 11:14pm 5th February 2014

HarryBoulton says...

I wasn't surprised, but only because I read this website, and Swanseas form has been pointed out on numerous occasions. That they play pretty football seems to excuse them from criticism, for some reason. They have been poor, and yet it all looked so promising to begin ith as well.

Posted 8:24pm 5th February 2014

fictionalemu says...

It's not just his history at other clubs that pointed to an imminent exit; it was also his constant sniping at the club's hierarchy last year. From the end of last season onwards he was constantly moaning through the press about the lack of funds being made available to him. It was pretty clear that the relationship broke down a long time ago. They werent' going to sack him when results were good, but recent bad form gave them an excuse.

Posted 7:40pm 5th February 2014

tonyv25 (Manchester United) says...

Why sack him if he was going to leave? Surely they save 4.5m by just waiting 6 months? By the same principal if a player has signed a pre contract with another club to may as well sack him and pay him huge compensation and have to get a replacement, rather than just using him for the next 6 months. And results haven't been great but...to be fair what did you expect? A mid table club has their best player out for a period of time, results will be poor.

Posted 6:55pm 5th February 2014

monstashak (Aston Villa) says...

Interesting read. I was Genuinely shocked. But when the entire picture is painted then WOW. I completely forgot how little time he spent at his previous clubs.

Posted 3:23pm 5th February 2014

carrick4f*ksake (Manchester United) says...

I think you underestimate the impact the Europa cup has on a small club. Swansea 3 points away from being in the top place, less than a year after winning a domestic cup. The impact of losing Michu to injury, a player who Laudup picked up for 2 million. Not forgetting other decent business - Shelvey a good long term buy for 5 million, Bony 20+ guaranteed goals a season. Hardly enough reason for sacking based on results or signing. Incidentally, the Swans have conceeded 6 goals more than United in 24 games with 1/10th of the budget. Not forgetting the fact that few managerial names could attract the types of player that Laudrup's name can bring to the club. Sounds like Huw Jenkins ego got in the way.

Posted 3:13pm 5th February 2014

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