Date:Sunday June 24 2012
New Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup explains his previous management jobs with Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Mallorca.
Whilst his achievements at club level as a player are remarkable to say the least, you can't really say the same about his management career. He's worked at four relatively small European clubs in Denmark, Spain and Russia respectively, and now he joins another in Wales.
Laudrup began his management career in his home country with Brondby. During a four-year spell, he achieved one League title and two cup wins, but he explained he wanted to move on for a new challenge elsewhere:
"It was a great four years at Brondby, winning the league and two cups, but it was in Denmark and I wanted to try somewhere else,"
"I went to Getafe and after a very poor start in the league we played well. We managed to come back and got to the Copa del Rey final and had a fantastic run in the Uefa Cup before losing to Bayern Munich in the quarter-final.
"We had wins against Spurs, Benfica and Anderlecht, so it was great for me, but we had an old team and I thought maybe we would struggle next year so I stopped there.
"Then I had a very different experience in Spartak. Looking back I should have researched more because the mentality and the culture was so different.
"I have a way of managing, I want to treat people well and make the decisions. We have to treat players like human beings and not just tell them what to do without any explanation.
"The philosophy is not the same over there and it ended very badly. They sacked me."
Laudrup then talked about his difficult spell at Mallorca, when the club struggled financially and he wasn't given any funds to buy players. He had a poor relationship with the club's Director of Football who decided himself on which players to buy and sell.
Laudrup then resigned after the club sacked his assistant Erik Larsen.
The 48 year-old started off brilliantly at Mallorca, despite them struggling and forcing to go into administration. Mallorca found themselves in the top half of the table but they struggled in the second half of the season and they avoided relegation in the final game of the year.
Laudrup explained his time at Mallorca:
"When I took over Mallorca they were in administration and very close, at that time, to bankruptcy.
"I was told that I did not have a single euro to buy players and they had to sell our three best players to get money.
"The first half of our season was fantastic, we were seventh in the table and people were talking about Europe and I said, 'Are you crazy?`
"In the second half of the season we were struggling more and more with a lot of young players and we were saved from relegation on the last day. It was a very hard season and the director of football did it in his own way, buying and selling players, the mentality is very different from here and we did not get the players we talked about.
"Suddenly we had three or four new players and we lost our three best ones.
"At the end of the day what happens? The league starts and everybody forgets about all that and when things are not going good they look at the manager.
"I said it was impossible to work like this and then they sacked my assistant (Erik) Larsen, they said he said some words to the media but I think it was to try and get a reaction from me.
"I said we needed to talk about it, I had one last game and we won so I must be one of the few managers who has left after winning a game.
"Since then I have not been in work."
Date:Sunday June 24 2012
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