The Mystery Man – Odds Shorten Dramatically On This Candidate


We keep watching the betting on SkyBet just to see how the odds are on candidates for the head coach position at  Newcastle.

michael laudrup

Michael Laudrup – 50 year-old Danish manager

And since the Chronicle has reported there is a man under consideration who has not been in the media spotlight much at all – maybe that man is former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, whose odds have been slashed to 4/1.

Here;s the latest betting on SkyBet:

Remi Garde 2/1
Steve McClaren 11/4
John Carver 7/2
Michael Laudrup 4/1

The 50 year-old Dane had good success when he took over at Swansea in June of 2012, and in his first season in charge Swansea did very well and played some very good attacking football.

Swansea finished in 9th place in 2103 with 46 points – 5 points ahead of Newcatsel who were in 16th place.

But then things unraveled a bit in his second season in charge, and in early February of 2014 he was sacked by Swansea after a slump in Premier League results with Swansea just a couple of points above the relegation zone.

At the time of his firing there seemed to be bad feelings from Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins who is said to have fired him by email.

When he was fired in February of 2014, it was later revealed the Chairman had already decided he would be fired at the end of that second season in charge.

Some of the due diligence on him undertaken by Newcastle has to be to look deeper into what actually happened at Swansea that they tailed off so dramatically in that second season.

Michael is currently working in Qatar on a one year deal when last June he became the new manager of Qatar Stars League champions Lekhwiya.

Michael could well be that mystery man at Newcastle – or else it’s Steve McClaren, who has been in the top three for the last week and his odds keep shortening and we know Mike Ashley likes appointing Englishmen to the position.

Michael has been in coaching since 2000 when he was appointed the assistant manager of Denmark and he’s had coaching stints at Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow, Mallorca, Swansea City as well as in Qatar for the last year.

We think Michael would jump at the Newcastle job to get back into coaching in the Premier League.

Laudrup is part of a famous footballing family in Denmark and was a fantastic world-class midfielder in his career, which stretched from 1981 through 1998.

He won league titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, and in particular while at Barcelona from 1989 through 1994 he won nine trophies, including four straight La Liga titles.

Would MIchael Laudrup Be A Good Choice For Newcastle As Head Coach?

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20 comments so far

  • spitfire_

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    There’s no way Laudrup to come. He quit Swansea after a row with their chairman about the transfers.

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  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon brother I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you it’s the fact that you are near on compulsion obsessive about Collo – I think anyone who reads the blog knows your opinion – a lot like Catchy’s hate for Pardew p45 using his words and Ketsy unrealistic transfer lists …

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  • 70TWO

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    What is the attraction to Michael Laudrup?

    A genuine question, as all I see is someone who rode on the back of the previous manager at Swansea, a poor coach who lost the players and had limited tactical impact. Maybe the squad took against him and it was to difficult?

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  • Reyantoon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Garde gave big hint yesterday..
    when he asked about nu rumor, he didn’t deny completely ,he said..
    “I can’t say anything today”..
    well surely means something..
    I don’t like Laudrup BTW,he has some attitude problem..

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Better than Pardew but much more worse than Harry Redknapp.If Harry is available that would be the only right decision.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    70Two,
    He has an okay record in most places he has been manager. His stint in Russia was probably the biggest low point where he failed to last a year.

    Decent reputation for attacking football, as was witnessed at Swansea, but seems very highly strung and rarely hangs around anywhere.

    He doesn’t convince me as the man to take the club forward, but then again, I’m not sure the board are looking for that so he would at east provide some entertaining performances. Can’t see him and Ashley working together though. There were the fall outs at Swansea, and he previously had issues with Mallorca and the DoF there – rumours were of transfer interference and the clashing of two personalities.

    Sounds like a total mis match for this club under its current modus operandi.

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  • Reyantoon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #7

    And Gary Liniker is right, nu delay mgr appointment because they don’t want to spend money on transfers for the upcoming manager..
    we said Gary…

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    *least

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    70two

    there is a reason he is in Qatar and not in a half decent club
    I wouldn’t want him here

    toonbrother

    after ur months and months of colo bashing I watched him a bid more closely when I could, I will give you he does at time appear to wonder but he reads the well and is sniffing out danger a lot of the time it comes of at times and law of averages say it wont work all the time isn’t this why we have pair of cbs for an old fella he aint our worst cb

    does any1 when steve taylor’s contract runs out I read in the chronicle in article last night that its the end of this season, but I looked the other day on a site and it said next season I cant remember what deal pards gave him when he joined

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  • Slank

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Laudrup is not for us.

    The only thing he can offer is a dubious character with dubious decision making.

    As has been said he lived off what previous managers did at the Swans and then thought his career (but more importantly his bank balance) would benefit from a managing a bunch of Arabs in the back of beyond.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11
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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Yet Laudrup achieved more in his first season at swansea, ie winning a cup, than pardew in a near 20 year career. Funny you didn’t mention that Ed.

    Plus Laudrup played some great football. I think Garde or De Boer would be great as they both seem to have this concept of building the club from top to bottom, but if it came to it, I’d welcome Laudrup.

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  • Reyantoon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #13

    I usually don’t trust betting sites on mgrs and players but since they got it right on Alan Pardew’s betting on possible takeover of palace,they got some sound..

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Beer,
    Further digging and the official site has an article saying the extension was to 2016

    http://www.nufc.co.uk/articles/20101223/steven-taylor-signs-new-contract_2281670_2250265

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Reyan,
    The bookies have had so many different favourites throughout this process though. Most are just working from media articles, which lowers the price, which then fuels more media speculation, which fuels betting, which fuels further price drops and speculation.

    Vicious circle, and SkyBet are the worst for it when it comes to reacting to media stories.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Lilongwe

    cheers
    with all his injuries I cant see him getting a new deal from us and with him out till next season I cant see any1 buying him

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  • southafricantoon

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #17

    I put a curse on Cashley , if we don’t get a manager by the end of the week then Mike Ashley’s A NUS will became the home of a Thousand Fleas !

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  • G peart 83

    Jan 19, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #18

    I think we should go for ed Howe or aitor karanka

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  • Sivarese

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    We need a coach who can start by organising the defence. Our problem is conceding stupid goals and not making the correct decisions in the defensive third of the pitch.

    Going forward we are ok for the most part now, especially when our lads run at players – we have Moussa, Ayoze and Remy who can all do that effectively – something we couldn’t do last season. Unfortunately we lack our main man up front right now.

    We need a coach who will bring organisation to the back four. Of course some strengthening would work wonders, but getting the current playing staff to pay attention to their positioning and mark better at corners is priority number one.

    Laudrup therefore is not the man for the job.

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  • murvar

    Jan 19, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #20

    As I recall, when Jenkins appointed Monk to replace him he said he wanted to get back to the Swansea way of high professional standards and discipline within a family-type club environment. He implied that Laudrup had let standards slip. I took it to mean the all-for-one-one-for-all spirit that had been built up there had been lost. Big ego thinking transmits to the players.

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