Michael Laudrup is taking legal advice over the manner in which he was sacked by Swansea City on Tuesday. The League Managers’ Association (LMA) is also writing the South Wales club to demand the reasons for his dismissal.
In a statement released Thursday to the Guardian, Laudrup said: “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 City currently sit 12th in the Premier League table but only two points clear of the relegation zone. Since December 9th the Swans have won only once in the league (2-0 over Fulham on January 28th), drawing three and losing six. Of those losses, however, five have come to clubs currently in the Top 7 (Everton, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham).
Laudrup also managed to guide the Swans to the Round of 16 in the FA Cup and the Round of 32 in the Europa League, the club’s prize after winning last year’s League Cup, which was the first major trophy in their history. Their current place in the league standings is not too far off from last year’s impressive 9th place finish and considering the devastating injuries to key players Michu and Michel Vorm, the argument can be made that the axe fell swiftly for Laudrup.
Despite his laundry list of complaints – including being banned from visiting the training ground to “say [his] farewells to the players” – Laudrup ultimately used the statement to remind the club just how much he did for them and wish them well:
“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 Martínez and Brendan Rodgers.”
Laudrup has long been linked to moves to bigger clubs throughout Europe and the general consensus is that, regardless of Swansea’s overall success this season, he would be moving elsewhere come this summer.