Ex-Swansea boss ‘confused’ by sacking

Former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has moved to reveal the details behind his shock departure from the club.

The Dane was dismissed earlier this month amid rumours that his relationship with the South Wales side had reached breaking point due to a series of off-field problems.

Laudrup had been extremely successful in terms of results with the Swans, guiding them into European competition via Capital One Cup glory while securing an impressive finish in the league.

However speculation suggesting the club had an uneasy relationship with their manager and his agent began to circulate over the summer, culminating in his sacking shortly after the January transfer window had closed.

Laudrup says that he was made to wait nine days for an explanation as to why he was relieved of his duties, and that the whole episode has been puzzling for him:

“Mid January, I’m told they’re not satisfied and that’s that. They wanted to change the coaching staff,” he is quoted by The Mirror.

“After the game against West Ham I got another message: I should really, really, really change my staff.

“I had a personal matter on the Monday morning. I wasn’t in Paris. It was a personal matter and the chairman knew about it.

“On the Tuesday, we had a meeting again. I shake hands. They say ‘thanks for the work you are doing’. Then, Tuesday afternoon, I receive mail that due to breach of contract it will be terminated just a few hours after the meeting.

“I was very confused so I called the club and asked what was going on. While I was on the phone, my wife said things were already on the internet that I had been dismissed.

“I was advised not to speak out because I needed the letter from the club and reasons for my dismissal. It took nine days to receive that letter.”

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