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Swansea chairman: Laudrup to lead Swans on European adventure

Laudrup recently signed a new contract with the club (©GettyImages)
Laudrup recently signed a new contract with the club (©GettyImages).

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins believes the club’s qualification in the Europa League this season will convince Michael Laudrup to stay put at the Liberty Stadium.

The South Wales outfit lost former manager Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool last year, after the Ulsterman guided them to an impressive eleventh-place finish in their debut Premier League appearance.

Subsequently, Laudrup was handed the management job under whom the Swans have been able to build on their successes of last term.

The team currently rest ninth in the Premier League standings and won the Capital One Cup in February in a resounding manner, beating Bradford 5-0 in the final, earning them automatic qualification in the Europa League.

However, Swansea are now running in the risk of losing out on the 48-year-old manager, as it is expected that bigger clubs will enquire for him once the season draws to an end.

Despite recently sigining a contract with the club it has done nothing to dampen speculation.

But Jenkins is confident that the Swans admission into the second-tier European competition next season would be enough for Laudrup to spurn any offers from elsewhere.

He told the South Wales Evening Post: “The biggest challenge will be to achieve more next season.

“That has been the case in the past, and that has had a bearing on managers leaving us to take jobs elsewhere.

“Sometimes people do look for another challenge when they think they have achieved all they can at their current club.

"We have had to cope with that in the past — I think those reasons were important to some of our previous managers but we are in Europe now and I think that gives us momentum for next season.

"Qualifying for Europe is a massive thing I think in terms of keeping everything together — it gives Michael a new challenge and it's a new challenge for new players.”

Laudrup’s history, though, is against the Welsh club, as the Dane has managed five clubs in the past five years.

Jenkins said that in order to bolster his credentials as one of the top managers in Europe, he advised Laudrup to stick at a single club in order to have more stability in his career.

He added: “Having looked at Michael's career as a manager, I think he needs a period of two or three years with us to take him to a different level — one to be successful and two to have that stability and show the rest of Europe that this what he can do as a manager,

“I have told him that and I have told his agent that.”


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