Top Manager Becomes Available – Are Newcastle Interested?


We could see this coming, as Swansea are a bit like Newcastle were last season, when they just don’t have a big enough squad to handle the extra games in the Europa League, and they have been slipping down the Premier League table for the last few months, and today Chairman Huw Jenkins has fired manager Michael Laudrup, who got them into Europe for the first time by winning the Capital One Cup last season.

So much for sentiment in the ruthless business of the big money Premier League. 🙁

michael laudrup

Michael Laudrup – ruthlessly fired by Swansea

But their 2-0 defeat at Upton Park by West Ham on Saturday, seemed to be the last straw for the Swansea Chairman,  who had this to say on the club web-site:

“It is a decision we have taken reluctantly.” “But it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City football club and our supporters.”  “It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club has parted with a manager in this way.”

“But we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael’s long-term future with us.”  (mostly caused by the Chairman himself). “I had a meeting with Michael today in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games.”

“However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years.”

“Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.”

“But it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City football club and our supporters.”

It’s a decision Huw made because Swansea are scared stiff of being relegated and losing out on the big big money available to PL clubs, as are other clubs fighting relegation –  including Sunderland we may add.

And Swansea are now level with Sunderland with 24 points, but after defeating Newcastle 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium, they have won only one game since then, and that was a 2-0 home win against Fulham at home – but Fulham have been in free fall over the last several months.

And in their last 10 games since beating Newcastle Swansea  have only secured 5 points – and as we said they are really struggling this season with the Europa League – but as usual the manager goes, even though the squad is simply not big enough to compete in two league competitions, and they have also suffered a lot of injuries to their top players.

Alan Pardew’s future has been brought under close review again because of his poor record against Sunderland, and also his poor record in the local Cup competitions, but we’d be surprised if owner Mike Ashley sacks Alan after he fired Director of Football Joe Kinnear last night.

But of course you never know with Mike Ashley – who can be utterly ruthless when he wants to be – and that’s true with any Billionaire, and they didn’t make their money by being sentimental where business decisions are concerned.

Michael Laudrup teams play some great football.

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233 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #1

    He would have to first receive inside knowledge surely.

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  • JackButler

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Take the 20+ million we made from selling Cabaye and use some of it to pay Pardew off and replace him with Laudrup………………..never gonna happen but…..!!!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Ffs Ed

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #4

    the simple answer to Ed’s question is no.

    Ashley has zero ambition, pardew keeps his mouth shut, doesn’t blame his boss and ticks along mid table nicely. perfect combo for mediocrity.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Phew just got back in from dancing in the streets lads, JFK is gone and the city has rejoiced 1 down…

    Top manager? Played some pretty stuff but ultimately failed with Swansea and before that never really offered stability plus Pardew is reaching his targets perfectly so why would the owner shell out more money on Laudrup?

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  • G

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m amazed anybody would want him? I don’t rate AP, but to be honest I don’t see Laudrup as an upgrade. Fair enough, he won a pot with Swansea, not a bad achievement, so well done, but AP is as likely to bring a pot home than ML would be.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #7

    manx

    from previous – I’d take laudrup over pardew, but if we are going to upgrade there are much better managers who are less diva-like.

    Suppose we are a step up from swansea (although losing cabaye won’t help us) so he might be tempted to use us as his next stepping stone.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #8

    toonarmydownsouth

    Just seen you comment to Jeff from Benwell

    “It’s a pop at Ashley you thick fcuk”

    Your a nasty Little Bast*rd . IN fact your a disgrace.

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  • manxpie

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #9

    jack can i ask why tho?
    look at his record?
    if we are gonna replace pardew i want an actual top manager but again never gonna happen with ashley so why appoint someone who has made a very good and drilled squad into relegation fodder?

    and btw here’s a quote from laudrup at the end of last season

    “Unless we find a couple of hundred million pounds I think last season we achieved nearly the maximum we can in terms of the table. There are always things you can improve, but there are not many higher positions we can look at. Even consolidating is going to be very difficult”

    him and ashley lol!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #10

    I would have him over Pardew for sure, but we missed out on Martinez IMO .

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #11

    OG
    So you conveniently missed his post calling me a cnut and a w*nker for being glad JFK was gone

    Your an absolute idiot posting your ITK bollox

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  • 9

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Pardew’s going nowhere.
    Like it or not, suit yourself.
    It’s pretty much a fact, so Mr Laudrup etc. etc. is pure irrelevance:
    There. Is. No. Vacancy. Coming.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #13

    toonarmydownsouth

    Jeff Called you a winker not a wank*r. and hers something you didn’t know…wait for it ….

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  • JackButler

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #14

    manxpie

    Take into account their squad isn’t as good as our’s because of the financial limits they have in term of budget, wages etc etc. The Europa league has decimated their squad and they have struggled this year.

    I’m not saying that he’s a top class manager but I think that he’d be an upgrade on Pardew and with this squad he’s get a hell of a lot more out of them than what Pardew is capable of doing.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #15

    9

    I think there is more chance of a meteor hitting pardew than ashley sacking him….nice to dream of the day the lot will be gone though.

    speaking of dreaming i’m off guys, long day tomorrow

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  • Graeme

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #16

    If Ashley was an abitious owner, had his heart set on winning Cups, trying to get into CL on a regular basis – it would be a plausible scenario.

    The reality is something quite different though. Our Illustrious Owner is interested in NON of those things – He is content to finish between 10/11th and 6/7th providing we dont get suckered into a European Place – that would never do.

    Its generating money that floats his boat, not providing an adventurous Football Club. The club is there to milk, to advertise his cheap tat – nothing more – unfortunately!! Sickening really.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #17

    a mannikin is an upgrade on parlew

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #18

    toonarmydownsouth

    Jeff Did not call you a Wan*er he called you a winker . now here’s something you didn’t know ..wait for it …

    BTW if you loose your temper with me as well as Jeff IM F***ing ready for you ..bring it on you Dozy G*T

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #19

    JB
    Financial restrictions? He spent £21 million in the summer
    We got remy

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #20

    Online….If I may, I haven’t read this particular exchange, but having dealt with Jeff in the past I feel fairly comfortable thinking tads hasn’t given him anything Jeff hasn’t served to others on this blog.

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #21

    And people thought I was hostile?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #22

    Not that we don’t all enjoy an online fisticuffs…

    🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #23

    OG
    And the Cnut bit? You know full well what winker was implying
    Nice set of double standards you have there

    I see the caps lock has come, pretty standard from you, the online version of beating your chest trying to shout loudest

    Bless

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  • pottsclock

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed, you sure that picture’s Laudrup and not Harrison Ford?

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Oh the swears are out in force this eve, how exciting

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Jeff from Benwell

    I reported yesterday that Ashley was at dinner this weekend with Clive Allen at the York and Albany, Camden Town . Glenn Hoddle arrived a little later and sat at next table ..they where deep in conversation ..this is not the first time he’s been there with Glenn ..I know the head ..well I hesitate to tell you as a write ..bt reports are exact. That place btw is owned by GR

    Toonarmydownsouth..your not a Newcastle fan your a bit of a dick you ?

    You used to be a complete Dick, now your just a bit of a dick .. actually reverse that last comment ..

    Temper.. temper …

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Why would you censor git?

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  • manxpie

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #28

    jack well i would disagree on the squad because he actually has options in the right positions
    we don’t have 1 winger at the club that has more than 5 prem games under his belt (well except obertan) 🙂
    we’ve got good players no doubt but imo the squad is shockingly unbalanced

    another example is we have 3 LB and only 1 RB
    we lose remy and our only option is shola

    and on the europe and injuries thing didn’t that happen to us last year and pardew got dogs abuse for it?

    infact quite funnily many pointed out laudrups remarks on europe should not be used as an excuse and you should deal with it to hammer pardew even more lol

    so as i say if we do change managers i hope it ain’t for him

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #29

    henry ford even

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  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #30

    tads…Fairly sure cnut is an abbreviation for a cashew?!?

    As in stop being such a nut(case).

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #31

    Anyway, seems like Ed has lost the plot a little bit today with a number of articles that can only be described as…interesting.

    If Ashley thinks that NUFC fans are stupid enough to fall for his little smokescreen of Kinnear resigning then he has another thing coming.

    He has truly reached the point of no return.

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  • ToonBano

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #32

    #LaudrupToNewcastle is a must.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Ibiza ..I think Tads comment to Jeff was disgusting and well out of order and took the argument onto another level .

    We can all do that.. so just giving him a taste.

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  • Charlietoon

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #34

    When did this blog turn into such a dickhead magnet??

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #35

    OG
    Keep going mate, I’m sure your waffle will make sense to someone

    Shame sad little lads like you have nout better to do but try to start little fights for no reason

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  • JackButler

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #36

    tads

    and we spend 18 million last january but everyone would agree that we have financial restrictions in place

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #37

    #LaudrupToNewcastle is f@cking hilarious.

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  • WWSBRD

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Ciaran
    Hey I fell for it, am pretty sure hes gone though seems a rather odd joke….though Leeds just pulled it off and Ashley isnt one to be out done

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  • Finnbad The Sailor

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #39

    Why would we replace Pardew who a lot of people criticize as having a first good season when we finished 5th to ultimately having the complete reverse the following season.

    This is exactly the complaint that Laudrup has hanging over his head.

    Do agree with the above poster on Martinez I’m interested to see just where he ends up this season and how he follows up next season.

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  • Ciaran

    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Bano

    Laudrup to Newcastle is never going to happen. Why would Ashley destabilise a project he so methodically planned?

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