Michael Laudrup warns Swansea fans
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has warned fans of the club not to get used to the success witnessed this season.
The Swans lifted the Capital One Cup at Wembley in February, capping an impressive rise to the very top of the domestic game.
Their success has guaranteed a place in next term’s Europa League, and left some sections of the support hungry for more silverware.
But, Laudrup has warned them not to get carried away as he attempts to manage the weight of expectation at the Liberty Stadium:
“Of course a club like Swansea can’t expect to win a trophy every two, four or six years. I read that Arsenal haven’t won a trophy in eight years. David Moyes at Everton – top 10 for how long and they haven’t won a trophy.” He is quoted by The Mirror.
“When you have success, one of the most difficult things is getting expectations back to a level that’s reasonable and realistic. We must do that – not so much for this season, but certainly next season.”
However, the Dane insisted that survival cannot be the club’s sole aim for 2013/14 after their successes this season:
“I’ve already told the players, board, the chairman you can’t come back after the vacation, after winning a trophy, and say only avoiding relegation is important.
“When people get a taste of success they like it. They don’t want to go back.”
As well as cup success, Swansea have been impressive in the league, moving into a solid top half position.
Laudrup, who took over from Brendan Rodgers last summer, has stuck to the club’s core philosophy of attractive football, but has imposed a slightly more direct approach, with positive results.