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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Feb 6, 2014

Laudrup hits out at Swansea sacking

Michael Laudrup is planning to take legal advice after being sacked by Swansea.

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Laudrup was dismissed by the Swans on Tuesday following a poor run of results, with Garry Monk being put in charge of first-team affairs at the Liberty Stadium.

The former Barcelona and Real Madrid player, who guided Swansea to the Capital One Cup last season -- the Swans’ first major trophy in their history -- has hit out at his former employers, while the League Managers Association (LMA) is to write to the club to ask for the reasons for his sacking.

Laudrup said in a statement: “I am deeply disappointed to have been dismissed as manager of Swansea City. In particular, the manner in which it happened and the actions the club has taken since notifying me in the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary.

“I am, of course taking legal advice and the LMA have already written to the club asking for a proper explanation as to why I was summarily dismissed.”

Swansea have picked up just six points from their last 10 matches and are two points above the Premier League relegation zone.

But Laudrup had led the side into the fifth round of the FA Cup, where they face Everton, while they are also in the last 32 of the Europa League, with Napoli their next opponents.

And the Dane, who revealed he has been banned by Swansea from visiting the training ground to thank the players, feels that such success in the cup competitions, coupled with the side being 12th the league, is enough reason for him to still be in charge of the club.

He added: “The club has informed me that I cannot visit the training ground to say my farewells to the players so I do that now through this statement.

“The players have been fantastic and their contribution under the very professional guidance of my coaching staff has been absolutely fundamental to the club's recent successes. Three members of my staff have also been dismissed.

“Whilst league results have been disappointing of late, we are still 12th in the table and it is there for all to see the fine margins in the league this season in terms of points that separate 11 clubs.

“Although we have been unfortunate with injuries, I believe our league form would have improved and that we would have benefited from the forthcoming Europa League and FA Cup matches.''

Laudrup added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time managing in the Premier League which I consider to be the one of the best leagues in world football. I leave the club proud of our collective achievements over the past 20 months and I believe we have continued the club's progression in the manner of my predecessors including Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers.

“Of course the obvious highlight during my time in charge was leading Swansea to the first major trophy in the club's history in winning the Capital One Cup at Wembley resulting in European qualification. In addition, our ninth place in the Premier League was our highest finish in 31 years and the second highest in the club's 102-year history which again is something which fills me with pride.

“This season we have all enjoyed the memorable journey in the Europa League where the team will soon face Napoli in the last 32 of the competition. I wish the club the very best for the future and for the rest of the season in the Premier League, Europa League and the FA Cup.'' 

Despite Monk being put in charge of the side for the foreseeable future, Swans chairman Huw Jenkins is still looking for a long-term successor to Laudrup, with Glenn Hoddle having been linked with the job.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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